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 075 286 The Chemical Weapons Convention : a commentary / edited by Walter Krutzsch, Eric Myjer, Ralf Trapp ; assistant editor Jonathan Herbach. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XXXIV, 728 pages. ; 26 cm
Array Österreichisches Handbuch des Völkerrechts / herausgegeben von MMag. Dr. August Reinisch ; unter Mitarbeit von Mag. Melanie Fink, Mag. Lukas Stifter ;. - 5. Auflage. - Wien : MANZ'sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung, 2013. - 2 dl. ; 23 cm
Array Österreichisches Handbuch des Völkerrechts / August Reinisch. - 5. Auflage. - Wien : MANZ'sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung, 2013. - XLII, 774 pages. ; 23 cm
Array Österreichisches Handbuch des Völkerrechts / August Reinisch. - 5. Auflage. - Wien : MANZ'sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung, 2013. - XXII, 812 pages. ; 23 cm
READ PUB 001 040 International law : cases and commentary / by Mark Weston Janis, John E. Noyes. - Fifth edition. - St. Paul, MN : West Academic Publishing, [2014]. - XLIII,1175 pages. : maps. ; 26 cm. - (American casebook series)
Array International law : cases and materials / by Lori Fisler Damrosch, Sean D. Murphy. - Sixth ed. - St Paul, MN : West Academic Publishing, [2014]. - LXXIII, 1532 pages. ; 26 cm. - (American casebook series)
READ PUB 000 307 Derecho internacional público : organización internacional, Unión Europea : recopilación básica de instrumentos jurídicos adaptada a los estudios de Grado (Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior) / Jorge Pueyo Losa, Mª Teresa Ponte Iglesias (coordinadores) ; autores: Jorge Pueyo Losa, Mª Teresa Ponte Iglesias, Isabel Lirola Delgado, Antonio Martínez Puñal, Irene Rodríguez Manzano, Rafael García Pérez, Julio Jorge Urbina, Miguel Arenas Meza, Carlos Tejio García. - Santiago de Compostela : Andavira Editora, [2011]. - 576 pages. ; 21 cm. - (Colección Estudios internacionales)
READ MUN 095 481 al-Dustūr al-ǧadīd li-al-Mamlaka al-Maġribiyya : šarḥ wa-taḥlīl / Karīm Laḥraš. - al-Dār al-Bayḍāʾ : Maṭbaʿat al-Naǧāḥ al-Ǧadīda, 2012. - 247 pages. ; 21 cm. - (Silsilat al-ʿamal al-tašrīʿī wa-al-iǧtihād al-qaḍāʾī ; 3)
Array Diritto internazionale privato e processuale / Franco Mosconi. - Sesta edizione. - Torino : UTET giuridica, [2013]. - 545 pages. ; 24 cm
READ IPR 077 629 Droit international privé / Marie-Laure Niboyet, Géraud de Geouffre de La Pradelle. - 4e édition. - Paris : LGDJ/Lextenso éditions, 2013. - 736 pages. ; 22 cm. - (Manuel)
READ DIS 072 595 The World Court reference guide and case-law digest : judgments, advisory opinions and orders of the International Court of Justice (2001-2010) and case-law digest (1992-2010) / compiled and edited by Bimal N. Patel ; editorial assistants Param Pandya, Varun Chauhan, Kanaiya Thaker, Vijay Vaghela. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff, 2014. - XVI, 1178 pages. ; 25 cm
Mesures de réparation et responsabilité à raison des actes des organisations internationales / Académie de Droit International de la Haye = Remedies and Responsibility for the Actions of International Organizations / Hague Academy of International Law / publié sous la direction de/edited by Dan Sarooshi. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. - XXXI, 702 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Les livres de droit de l'Académie = The law books of the Academy)
Recueil des cours = Collected courses of The Hague Academy of International Law / L'Académie de Droit International de la Haye. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. - 455 pages. : portrait. ; 24 cm
Les frontières, limites et délimitations internationales - quelle importance aujourd'hui?: Conférence inaugurale, session de droit public, 2013 / Lucius Caflisch. - Page 9-45. : Portrait
The Law of Global Governance / Eyal Benvenisti. - Page 47-279. : Portrait
La protection des personnes en cas de catastrophe / Ki Gab Park. - Page 281-455. : Portrait

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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