Reading room

Reading Room

If you want to do research on topics on international law, the library is here for you. Visit our state of the art reading room and enjoy our facilities and services. The Library’s reading room is situated in the new wing of the Peace Palace and is open on weekdays.  

Opening hours

The Peace Palace Library reading room is open when the library is open, i.e. on Mondays from 1-5 PM, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-5PM. The library is closed during the weekend. Visitors need a valid ID.

Virtual Library Tour

virtualtour_06We are  proud to present a virtual tour of our Library, the ‘next best experience’ in addition to a visit to our physical building. This comprehensive virtual tour allows you to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room tour through our Library by using a desktop computer or a mobile device. Information about the reading room and the inventory is included in the tour.

Reading room map

In the Reading Room, you will find the handbooks and principal publications on various research topics. You can also find reference works, encyclopedias and dictionaries. All the other publications are located in the stacks, which are not accessible to the public. To make it easier for you to find books in our new reading room, you can use our Reading room map (pdf’) »

New titles in Reading room

READ WAR 075 61 Dictionnaire pratique du droit humanitaire / Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier. - Quatrième édition mise à jour et augmentée. - Paris : La Découverte, [2013]. - 862 pages. ; 24 cm
READ VGL 093 406 Ausländisches Privat- und Privatverfahrensrecht in deutscher Sprache : systematische Nachweise aus Schrifttum, Rechtsprechung und Gutachten 1990-2013 / Christian von Bar ; unter Mitarbeit insbesondere von Denis Schlimpert, Melissa Berlekamp, Christian Dankerl, Ulf Marr, Arne Schmieke und Jonas Wiesehöfer. - 9. Auflage. - München : SELP, Sellier European Law Publishers, 2013. - XXXIII, 1016 pages. ; 30 cm
READ TRA 030 901 Les standards en droit international économique : contribution à l'étude de la normativité internationale / Anaïs Lagelle. - Paris : l'Harmattan, [2014]. - 513 pages. : illustrations. ; 24 cm. - (Logiques juridiques, ISSN 1159-375X)
READ PUB 001 267 Derecho internacional público : temas adaptados a los estudios de Grado / dirección Ana Gemma López Martín ; autores: Rubén Carnerero Castilla, Javier Chinchón Álvarez, Marta Iglesias Berlanga, Ana Gemma López, Ma. Ángeles Ruiz Colomé ; presentación F. Javier Quel López ; prólogo Carlos Fernández de Casadevante Romani. - 2a edición revisada y actualizada. - Madrid : Editorial Dilex, [2013]. - 370 pages. : illustrations. ; 25 cm
READ PRO 087 710 Tratado de derecho arbitral / José F. Merino Merchán, José Ma. Chillón Medina ; prólogo de Rafael Jiménez de Parga Cabrera. - Cuarta edición. - Madrid : Civitas/Thomson Reuters, 2014. - 1886 pages. ; 25 cm
READ PRO 087 501 Droit de l'arbitrage interne et international / Christophe Seraglini, Jérôme Ortscheidt. - Paris : Montchrestien-Lextenso éditions, 2014. - 948 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Domat droit privé)
READ PRO 087 428 A guide to the SIAC arbitration rules / Mark Mangan, Lucy Reed, John Choong. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XXXVI, 329 pages. ; 26 cm
READ PRO 087 245 Internationales Zivilprozessrecht / begründet von Heinrich Nagel ; ab der 4. Auflage fortgeführt und neu bearbeitet von Peter Gottwald. - 7. neu bearbearbeitete Auflage. - Köln : Dr. Otto Schmidt, 2013. - LXV, 1033 pages. ; 25 cm
Actualité de la Conférence de La Haye de 1907, Deuxième Conférence de la Paix : colloque La Haye, 6-7 septembre 2007 / prép. par Yves Daudet = Topicality of the 1907 Hague Conference, the Second Peace Conference : workshop The Hague, 6-7 September 2007 / ed. by Yves Daudet. - Leiden [etc.] : Nijhoff, 2008. - XIX, 490 p. ; 24 cm. - (Les livres de droit de l'Académie = The law books of the Academy) (@Colloque / Académie de Droit International de La Haye ; 2007)
READ MUN 099 275 Arbitration law of Czech Republic : practice and procedure / Alexander J. Bělohlávek. - Huntington, New York : JurisNet, [2013]. - CXXXIII, 2137 pages. ; 25 cm
READ MUN 096 149 Code de procédure civile du Québec : jurisprudence et doctrine / par Hubert Reid, Claire Carrier. - 29e édition. - Montréal : Wilson & Lafleur Ltée, 2013. - 2309 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Collection Alter Ego, ISSN 0839-7724)
READ IPR 077 896 Caribbean private international law / by The Hon Mr Justice Winston Anderson. - Second edition. - London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2014. - LVII, 603 pages. ; 24 cm
READ IPR 077 872 Nygh's conflict of laws in Australia / Martin Davies, Andrew Bell, Paul Le Gay Brereton. - Ninth edition. - Chatswood, N.S.W : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2014. - CXIV, 997 pages. ; 25 cm
READ HUM 060 995 Human rights from a Third World perspective : critique, history and international law / edited by José-Manuel Barreto. - Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. - IX, 453 pages. ; 22 cm
READ HUM 060 591 The Canadian charter of rights and freedoms = Charte canadienne des droits et libertés / edited by Errol Mendes & Gérald-A. Beaudoin = sous la direction de Errol Mendes & Gérald-A. Beaudoin. - 5th edition. - Markham, Ontario : LexisNexis Canada, 2013. - CV, 1411 pages. ; 24 cm
READ HUM 060 114 Blackstone's international human rights documents / edited by Alison Bisset. - 9th edition. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]. - XIV, 486 pages. ; 25 cm. - (Blackstones̕ statutes)
READ EUR 042 922 Bellamy & Child Materials on European Union law of competition / ed. by Andrew Macnab. - [Seventh], 2014 edition. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XVII, 1635 pages. ; 25 cm
READ EUR 042 482 Droit institutionnel de l'Union européenne / Claude Blumann, Louis Dubouis. - 5e édition. - Paris : LexisNexis, 2013. - XV, 863 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Manuel)
READ DIS 072 600 La Cour internationale de justice / Robert Kolb. - Paris : Editions A. Pedone, 2013. - 1356 pages. ; 31 cm
READ COM 081 550 Maritime law / edited by Professor Yvonne Baatz. - Third edition. - Abingdon ; New York : Informa Law from Routledge, 2014. - LXXIX, 554 pages. : portraits, illustrations. ; 26 cm

Facilities and services

Service desk

In the reading room you will find the Library’s service desk. A staff member of the Library will be always there to assist you. This is also the place to become a member of the Library, and to return and collect your books and publications.

International newspapers

In a corner of the reading room, you will find the ‘lounge.’ On the coffee table in the lounge we will deposit, every day the Library is open, the latest edition of some of the most prominent newspapers in Europe. We have paper subscriptions to Le Monde, Die Zeit, the Guardian and the weekly Economist. All our visitors are free to read these newspapers in the lounge, during opening hours of the Library. We kindly ask you to leave the newspapers inside the lounge.

Librarians choice

Our library is updated with about 600 new titles (books, journals and journal articles) every week. You can find a selection of these publications in the shelves opposite to the Service desk.

Make photocopies

To the right of the elevator, with the service desk at your left hand side, there is a photocopying room with several copiers for your use. Go to the service desk to buy a photocopying card:

  • €2 for 20 photocopies,
  • €5 for 50,
  • €10 for 120, and
  • €20 for 250 photocopies.

You can pay in cash or with pin-card. Handle your photocopying cards with care as crumpled or damaged cards will not be accepted by the machines.


To print a document from a computer inside the Reading Room:

  • Send the order to printer ‘OCE8465’ (this is the standard setting on all desktops in the reading room).
  • Write down the number of the computer you are working on. You can find the number on the sticker in the left corner of the monitor (LZ01, LZ02, etc)
  • Go to the copy room. Inside the copy room, you will find the printer directly on your right.
  • Insert your copy/printing card in the small card reader.
  • Fill in your PC number on the screen.
  • Select and print the document. You can only print one print-job at a time.
  • Print jobs will be stored for 30 minutes.


It is very easy to connect to the library network; we have a socket for your laptop at every desk in the reading room. Also, you can join our wireless network. Ask the service desk for the access key. If you don’t know how to connect to our network, please view our instructions. To connect to our network; Windows users click here, and Mac users click here. If you want to use a UTP cable but forgot yours, ask our service desk. We have spare cables to use inside the reading room.

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