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 PUB 001 388 Introduzione al diritto internazionale contemporaneo / Attila Tanzi. - Quarta edizione. - [Padova] : CEDAM, 2013. - LV, 499 pages. ; 24 cm
READ HUM 060 152 Economic, social, and cultural rights in international law : contemporary issues and challenges / edited by Eibe Riedel, Gilles Giacca and Christophe Golay. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XXXIII, 525 pages. ; 24 cm
READ HUM 060 152 The Development of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in International Law / Eibe Riedel, Gilles Giacca, Christophe Golay. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 3-48
READ HUM 060 152 The Sovereign Bond Markets and Socio-Economic Rights : Understanding the Challenge of Austerity / Mary Dowell-Jones. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 51-85
READ HUM 060 152 Economic and Social Rights in the "Great Recession" : towards a Human Rights-Centred Economic Policy in Times of Crisis / Sally-Anne Way, Nicholas Lusiani, and Ignacio Saiz. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 86-110
READ HUM 060 152 Realizing Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for All / Sandra Ratjen and Manav Satija. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 111-133
READ HUM 060 152 Gender and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights / Christine Chinkin. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 134-160
READ HUM 060 152 The Nature and meaning of "International Assistance and Cooperation" under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights / Takhmina Karimova. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 163-192
READ HUM 060 152 Corporations and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights / Olivier De Schutter. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 193-224
READ HUM 060 152 Trade and Investment Agreements : What Role for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Economic Law? / Hans Morten Haugen. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 227-259
READ HUM 060 152 Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in the World Trade Organization : Legal Aspects and Practice / Holger P. Hestermeyer. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 260-285
READ HUM 060 152 From the Other Shore : Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights from an International Environmental Law Perspective / Stéphanie Chuffart and Jorge E. Viñuales. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 286-307
READ HUM 060 152 The Relationship between Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and International humanitarian Law / Gilles Giacca. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 308-342
READ HUM 060 152 Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights : International Criminal Law's Blind Spot? / Larissa van den Herik. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 343-366
READ HUM 060 152 Budget Analysis and Economic and Social Rights / Aoife Nolan. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 369-390
READ HUM 060 152 Human Rights Impact Assessments : Emerging Practice and Challenges / Simon Walker. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 391-414
READ HUM 060 152 Judicial Review in National Courts : Recognition and Responsiveness / Malcolm Langford. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 417-447
READ HUM 060 152 The Intersection of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and Civil and Political Rights / Ioana Cismas. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 448-472
READ HUM 060 152 Building Bridges : National Human Rights Institutions and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights / Allison Corkery and Duncan Wilson. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 473-497
READ HUM 060 152 Transitional Justice without Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights? / Frank Haldemann and Rachelle Kouassi. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 498-516
READ CRI 063 207 An introduction to international criminal law and procedure / Robert Cryer, Håkan Friman, Darryl Robinson, Elizabeth Wilmshurst. - Third edition. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014. - LXXXVII, 616 pagina's. ; 26 cm
La criminalité en mer / Académie de Droit International de la Haye = Crimes at sea / Hague Academy of International Law / publié sous la direction/edited by de Efthymios D. Papastavridis, Kimberley N. Trapp. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. - XXXVII, 733 pagina's. ; 24 cm. - (Les livres de droit de l'Académie = The law books of the Academy)

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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