Interlibrary Loan / Interlibrary Copy Requests

Hague Academy Notification
As the Hague Academy of International Law will begin in July, all Interlibrary Loans have been halted from the 9th of June till the 1st of September. All outstanding books are to be returned by the 1st of July.
It will remain possible to request photocopies and scans. 

The Peace Palace Library has a large collection which is accesible inside the Peace Palace Library. To accomodate the people who are unable to come to the Library, it is possible to use the Interlibrary Loan SystemThrough this system, it is possible to request books and copies from the Peace palace. These will then be sent to the person/organization that requested them. There are some limitations to this system, which will be explained in detail below.

Interlibrary Loan System in The Netherlands

In The Netherlands, an Interlibrary Loan System is available. This system is called the NCC/IBL SystemAll universities and many governmental organizations in The Netherlands are participating in this system, so if you are a student or employee at a Dutch university or government institute, you can go to your university (faculty) or organizational library and ask them to their terms to use the Interlibrary Loan System. There are costs attached to this system, so consult your university library before requesting books and articles.

Interlibrary Loan System outside The Netherlands

To request books and copies from the Peace Palace Library, you can contact your university library, national library or organizational library. Only requests facilitated through a library will be taken in consideration. Personal requests for copies/books will be denied. The preferred method of payment is by IFLA Vouchers.
Books are rarely sent to institutions outside the Netherlands, while copy requests generally are not a problem (unless in excessive numbers).


  • The Peace Palace Library is not required to honour all requests made through the Interlibrary Loan system.
    Requests can be denied based on the age, state, importance, size of the requested book or publication.
  • The Librarian can request books back before the expiration date of the lending period.
    In this case, books must be returned immediately.
  • The library staff will not copy whole books, unless the copyright has expired.