​The Archives Law obliges an institution to deposit in an archive two copies of each "printed or duplicated matter published by the institution." The same instruction appears in the General Staff Order 30.0601, obliging any unit to deposit in the IDF and Defense Establishment Archive two copies of each publication.

During the years, tens of thousands of publications were accumulated in the IDF and Defense Establishment Archive, including instruction publications published by the instruction branch, standing orders, propaganda publication, Chief Education Officer's publications, as well as various military pamphlets and journals

Many times, the collection served historical researches into the Israeli culture, the military culture and as visual props in exhibitions and books.

Searching the publication collection is done through the files' catalog.

Scanned copies can be purchased for the archive's fee.