Empowering the future: the wonderful new National Library of Israel building
Most public institutions invest a lot of energy in keeping the public out.
Yes within strict limits you can go to watch court cases in action. Yes, you can go to the visitors’ gallery in the Knesset – the place that in the British House of Commons is revealingly called the “Strangers’ Gallery.” At government offices you can go up to the security barrier, but not one step further without permission. By contrast, the National Library of Israel welcomes you in.