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Library Collections

The Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva is the former library of the League of Nations, the organization that preceded the United Nations. The Library’s unique collections consequently date back to the League of Nations, and also include some rare materials from the pre-League period.

The Library has specialized in two major areas:

It is a complete depository for United Nations documents and publications and maintains a comprehensive collection of materials of the specialized agencies and the United Nations affiliated bodies.

It collects books, periodicals and electronic resources to support the programmes and activities of the Organization: international law, international relations, political science, humanitarian affairs, human rights, disarmament, economic and social development, etc.

Materials are assembled with the aim of achieving a balance of national and linguistic coverage, as well as representing different points of view.

In addition to acquired book collections, the Library regularly receives official documents and gazettes from Governments as well as documents and publications from intergovernmental organizations outside the United Nations system such as the Organization of American States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Organization of African Unity, and the European Union.

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