The Peace Palace Library takes over about 4000 books and 100 periodicals from the library of the Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam). Because of government funding cuts and the subsequent major reorganization, the Institute was forced to close its library as of August 1, 2013. A new home had to be found elsewhere for the library collection. The Institute has made every effort to keep its unique library collection publicly accessible, albeit in a different location. Consequently, the Peace Palace Library has received publications on peace, security, refugees and international law. These publications will be available in the course of 2014.

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