We are delighted to announce that the generous gift from the family of Martin Saidler will establish the Saidler Gate in the new building of the National Library of Israel.
The family was invited by the Yad Hanadiv Foundation to join its philanthropic efforts to build the National Library of Israel. Yad Hanadiv is a Rothschild family philanthropic foundation dedicated to advance Israel as a healthy, vibrant and democratic state.
National Library of Israel
The 120-year-old National Library of Israel is home to the intellectual and cultural treasures of Israel and of Jewish heritage.
The new National Library of Israel is made possible by the generosity of Yad Hanadiv-the Rothschild Foundation, the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Family of New York and the Israeli Government, with additional generous support from foundations and individuals across the world.
The 480,000 sq. foot building is designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and scheduled to open in 2021. The building is currently under construction in Jerusalem across from the Knesset and the Israel Museum. The landmark building is set to become one of the most remarkable buildings in Israel.
The library’s treasures include over 5 million volumes of books, handwritten works by authors such as Maimonides and Sir Isaac Newton, Islamic manuscripts and personal archives of leading figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka and Stefan Zweig. The collection further consists of millions of digital items, the largest collection of Jewish and Israeli music, as well as world-class collections of photographs and ancient maps.
The Saidler Gate Entrance
The stately 24 ft. by 24 ft. Saidler Gate will serve as one of the main entrances to the new building. The Saidler Gate is located on the western facade of the building, opening into a spacious foyer which leads to the Israel and Judaica Collection sections of the Main Reading Hall and the 170 seat seminar space. A sculptural staircase leads from the foyer to the floors above.
The Saidler family is proud to join the philanthropic efforts of close friends in this prestigious project. The decision to commit to this project was as well taken to support the noted work of the Swiss architects Herzog de Meuron and facilitate the exhibitions of many Viennese intellectuals such as Stefan Zweig.