Monday, 18 January 2021

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UNRIC Library

E-mail reference

The library provides reference services via e-mail. Just send your questions to [email protected]. The more details you provide, the better we will be able to assist you. We make every attempt to respond to your query in a timely manner. If we are unable to answer your question, we will try to refer you to the correct source.

Here are some hints on what to include with your question:

  • Describe in detail what you are looking for
  • Give us some idea of what you would like us to provide for you
  • Tell us where you have already looked for this information
  • Provide us with your name, e-mail address and mailing address.









Collection and Address


The library maintains a collection of UN documents and publications in English, French and Spanish, as well as general information materials about the work of the United Nations.

Library of the United Nations Regional Information
Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe

Residence Palace
8th floor
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)2 788 84 62 or 84 63
Fax: +32 (0)2 788 84 85
E-mail: [email protected]



Opening hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 10:00-12:00 am, 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00-12:00 am
or upon appointment

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UNRIC Library Newsletter

The Library produces a monthly newsletter. Contents are (a) new websites within the UN system, (b) new information material of which single copies can be ordered via e-mail, (c) new videos and publications that have been added to the library collection.

The current and back issues of this newsletter can be accessed here.

If you are interested in subscribing to it, please send us an e-mail at [email protected].

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Library backgrounders

The library issues backgrounders on various subjects that list relevant URLs within the UN system. Included are links to various UN organizations working on the specific subject, relevant UN documents, treaties, declarations, Secretary-General reports, a selection of speeches and statements by UN officials, articles in UN journals, etc.

Backgrounders on the following subjects are currently available in English and French as .pdf files:


Afghanistan English French
Biodiversity English French
Climate Change English French
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea English French
Desertification English French
Disability English French
Educational Resources English French
Forests English French
Gaza English  
Genocide English French
Global Food Crisis English French
Human Rights English French
Human Rights Council English French
Iraq English French
Kosovo English French
Libya English  
Middle East English French
Migration English French
Millennium Development Goals English French
Myanmar English French
Nuclear Disarmament English  
Nuclear Non-Proliferation English French
Participation of the European Union in the work of the United Nations English French
Peacebuilding Commission English French
Peacekeeping English French
Poverty English French
Protection of civilians in armed conflict English  
Racism English French
Responsibility to Protect English  
Somalia English French
South Sudan English  
Sri Lanka English French
Sudan/Darfur English French
Sustainable Development English French
Syrian Arab Republic English  
Terrorism English French
Yemen English  
Youth English  

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Videos and DVDs

The library maintains a collection of UN Videos and DVDs in English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese.

The catalogue can be accessed here.



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The UNRIC Reference Library has direct access to the “ODS - Official Documents System of the United Nations”. ODS is the electronic repository for official documents published by the United Nations. The full text of documents is accessible in PDF format in all official languages of the United Nations--Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Documents are available from 1993 onwards, resolutions from 1946 onwards.

A selection of further UN databases in a wide area of subjects is available here.


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UNRIC Publication List

A list with direct links to the full text of publications translated by our office into Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish is available here.


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The United Nations produces posters for conferences, observances, campaigns, etc. Many are available online for download. For a selection of posters available at the UNRIC Library click here

Come to the UN - it's your world - poster

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UN Newsletters, Journals, Bulletins

A list of newsletters, journals and bulletins published by the United Nations system on a variety of subjects and available in online version can be accessed here.



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UN Depository Libraries in Europe

United Nations documents and publications are distributed to users around the world through its depository library system. At present, there are more than 400 depository libraries in over 140 countries maintaining United Nations material from the date of designation as depository to the present. Researchers and the general public interested in UN documents and publications could arrange to visit a depository library in their home country. All addresses are available on the UN website at


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UN Sales Publications

To order UN Sales Publications please contact your closest distributor. An address list of Sales Distributors for Europe is available on the UN website at A catalogue of available titles can be downloaded from the UN website at



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The Holocaust and the United Nations outreach programme

The Holocaust and the United Nations outreach programme seeks to remind the world of the lessons to be learned from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.

Information about this programme is available on the UN website at

Educational material can be be consulted here.



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