About the library

The Peace Palace Library is one of the oldest and most prestigious libraries specialized in international law. Its principal objective is to service the institutions that reside in the Peace Palace, including the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the Hague Academy of International Law. But the Library is equally open to employees of all other international legal institutions in The Hague, as well as to all scholars and students of international law.

Collection and catalogue

The Peace Palace Library has collected publications since 1913. The collection of the Library now includes over a million volumes. A large part of this collection is searchable through the Peace Palace Library’s online catalogue. This catalogue is unique because it classifies not only books and (journal) articles according to their subject, but also book items.

Visiting information

The Peace Palace Library is open 5 days a week: Monday till Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Library is closed during weekends. For visiting the Library you need a valid ID.

Borrowing and membership

If you would like to visit the Peace Palace Library to check out books you will need a library card. A library card costs €30 and is valid for one year. A one-day library card costs €5. However, checking out books with this card is not possible. You pay when you pick up your card at the library. You can apply for a library card online. With your library card number you can request books from our library catalogue. Books are on loan for a period of 14 days. Before this period expires, you can renew your books once for an extra period of 14 days. You can do this from your own home. By signing up for a library card, you are accepting our user regulations.

Meet our staff

The library has a staff of 26: one library director, 9 reference librarians; 6 cataloguing staff; 2 reading room staff; 3 webteam members; 2 acquisition staff and 4 staff working in the stacks.

More Library services

For more library services see these pages:

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