Shortly after the foundation of the Institute, a library was created to provide the appropriate literature and documents to support the activities of the Institute.

Over the years, the library has gradually increased its resources, not only through its own acquisitions but also through donations from other international organisations concerned with humanitarian problems, such as, the United Nations, UNHCR, UNOHCHR, UNESCO, COE, OSCE, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, particularly the ICRC. In addition, the library has an expanding collection of videos, DVDs and CDs for didactic purposes, and numerous periodicals.

The library has a tradition of welcoming researchers from all over the world. Inters usually find place in the library and during their stay they become involved in various research projects, previously agreed upon, as well as in the organisation of the Institute’s activities. All have benefited from their experience in the Institute’s library whether their stay has lasted a day, a month or 6 months.

The library is open weekdays from 09.00 to 17.00 and is run on a “consultation only” basis, although facilities are available for a limited amount of photocopying. For any further information regarding documents or visits to the library please contact Ms Shirley Morren at