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


Array Certain activities carried out by Nicaragua in the border area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) : joinder of proceedings : order of 17 april 2013 / International Court of Justice = Certaines activités menées par le Nicaragua dans la région frontalière (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) : jonction d'instances : ordonnance du 17 avril 2013 / Cour internationale de justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2013. - Page 166-182. ; 24 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1043)
Array Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan river (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) : joinder of proceedings : order of 17 april 2013 / International Court of Justice = Construction d'une route au Costa Rica le long du fleuve San Juan (Nicaragua c. Costa Rica) : jonction d'instances : ordonnance du 17 avril 2013 / Cour internationale de justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2013. - Page 184-198. ; 24 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1044)
Array Certaines activités menées par le Nicaragua dans la région frontalière (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) : Construction d'une route au Costa Rica le long du fleuve San Juan (Nicaragua c. Costa Rica) : demandes reconventionnelles ordonnance du 18 avril 2013 / Cour internationale de justice = Certain activities carried out by Nicaragua in the border area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) : Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan river (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) : counter-claims : order of 18 april 2013 / International Court of Justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2013. - Page 200-221. ; 24 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1045)
Array Certaines activités menées par le Nicaragua dans la région frontalière (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) : Construction d'une route au Costa Rica le long du fleuve San Juan (Nicaragua c. Costa Rica) : demandes tendant à la modification de l'ordonnance en indication de mesures conservatoires du 8 mars 2011 : ordonnance du 18 juillet 2013 / Cour internationale de justice = Certain activities carried out by Nicaragua in the border area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) : Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan river (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) : requests for the modification of the order of 8 march 2011 indicating provisional measures : order of 16 july 2013 / International Court of Justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2013. - Page 230-276. ; 24 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1048)
Array Certain activities carried out by Nicaragua in the border area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) : Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan river (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) : request presented by Costa Rica for the indication of new provisional measures : order of 22 november 2013 / International Court of Justice = Certaines activités menées par le Nicaragua dans la région frontalière (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) : Construction d'une route au Costa Rica le long du fleuve San Juan (Nicaragua c. Costa Rica) : demande en indication de nouvelles mesures conservatoires présentée par le Costa Rica : ordonnance du 22 novembre 2013 / Cour internationale de justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2013. - Page 354-393. ; 24 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1051)
Array Construction d'une route au Costa Rica le long du fleuve San Juan (Nicaragua c. Costa Rica) : Certaines activités menées par le Nicaragua dans la région frontalière (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) : demande en indication de mesures présentée par le Nicaragua : ordonnance du 13 décembre 2013 / Cour internationale de justice = Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan river (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) : Certain activities carried out by Nicaragua in the border area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) : request presented by Nicaragua for the indication of provisional measures : order of 13 december 2013 / International Court of Justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2013. - Page 398-408. ; 24 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1053)
Array Construction d'une route au Costa Rica le long du fleuve San Juan (Nicaragua c. Costa Rica) : ordonnance du 3 février 2014. Certaines activités menées par le Nicaragua dans la région frontalière (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) : ordonnance du 3 février 2014 / Cour internationale de Justice = Construction of a road in Costa Rica along the San Juan River (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) : order of 3 February 2014. Certain activities carried out by Nicaragua in the border area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) : order of 3 February 2014 / International Court of Justice. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2014. - Page 139-142. ; 25 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1059)
Array Index. - [The Hague] : International Court of Justice, 2014. - 23 pages. ; 25 cm. - (Reports of judgments, advisory opinions and orders = Recueil des arrêts, avis consultatifs et ordonnances, ISSN 0074-4441 ; sales no. 1073)

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.

Printing

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.

Wireless

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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