UN Libraries and Information Centres

United Nations declares as a democratic principle that information about its activities should reach out to all member states, therefore there are a number of UN libraries and information centres set up around the world.

The Dag Hammarskjöld and the Law Library 

The Dag Hammarskjöld and the Law Library, Uppsala University Library is a depository library of the United Nations, holding Scandinavia's most complete collection of UN documents in print covering the period 1946-1992. More recent documents can be accessed through electronic archives and special databases.

Other UN Libraries in Sweden 

UN collections can be found in the Riksdag Library, Stockholm, and in the libraries at the universities of Gothenburg and Lund.

Central Libraries of the UN Organization

The UN Central Libraries are Dag Hammarskjöld Library, New York (UNHQ) och Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), which also includes the archives of the League of Nations. 

Other UN Central Libraries are:

  • Addis Ababa (ECA). Economic Commission for Africa - Knowledge Service Section incl. Library Services.
  • Bangkok (ESCAP). Library of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
  • Beirut (ESCWA). Library of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
  • Dakar (IDEP). Library of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning.
  • Mexico (ECLAC). Information Resource of the ECLAS Subregional Headquarters in Mexico.
  • Nairobi. Sergio Vieira de Mello United Nations Library at Nairobi is a joint initiative of the United Nations agencies based in Nairobi.
  • Santiago (ECLAC). Library of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Tokyo (UNU). Library services at the United Nations University.
  • Vienna (UNOV). The Library belongs to the global network of United Nations Libraries and, at the Vienna International Centre, works closely with two other libraries: the International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Library and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Library.

Depository Libraries 

Through a worldwide system of UN depository libraries, all members of the United Nations have free access to documents, reports, books and other printed and electronic resources. 

Information Centres 

The network of United Nations information centres (UNICs) links the Headquarters with people around the world. The United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe, UNRIC is located in Brussels and offers information about the UN in different languages.

UN Associations 

In order to provide information on and raise public opinion about the UN within its members states, there are national UN associations in several member states. They are linked together through The World Federation of United Nations Associations - WFUNAUNA Sweden is one of these associations. The national UN associations as well as WFUNA hold consultative status at the ECOSOC, according to the document,  List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Counci, 2008.

Last modified: 2023-12-01