The Encyclopedia has been edited by Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham. It covers various subjects. For example the relation between law and religion in its diverse aspects, freedom of religion or belief, the role of religion in society, interaction between law, religion and state, relations between religion and state institutions and legal aspects of religious traditions. This online encyclopedia provides an important foundational resource for study of these subjects.Read more
The Springer e-books database has been updated. Six new e-book titles have recently been added. SpringerLink is the starting point of access for Springer online journals and Springer online books. The Peace Palace Library has acquired Springer e-books in Humanities, Environmental Science and Law.Read more
On the 16th of October 2015, the United States Court of Appels for the Second Circuit made clear that Google Books is legal. The Court ruled for Google against the Authors Guild, a professional group ofRead more
published writers which had alleged that Google Library Project and Google Books project infringed their copyrights. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the appeals Court considered four factors of the US copyright law.
I am using the blog this time to explain my anxiety that society risks losing too much as the materialism of ‘value’ replaces the experience of centuries of unquantifiable practice and purpose. It is my concern that too many libraries are under threat from the bean counters. Libraries have always existed as places for the ‘just in case’ event, providing the go-to location when you want sustenance of the mind in some way – knowledge, leisure, curiosity, information, entertainment. However the world is in thrall to the ‘just in time’ mentality of financial wunderkinds who do not value those ‘old fashioned’ concepts, looking instead at the pragmatic usability of everything, seeing a book that lives on a shelf and is only taken off once a year, or once a decade, as an unnecessary encumbrance, not earning its space in a world where everything has to be costed, to be accountable for its existence.Read more
Good news for researchers in the Peace Palace Library. Get your personal copy of an eBook from Springer! More and more Springer e-books in the Peace Palace Library collection offer this MyCopy service. Visiting researchers can order a private copy of the book they need via the Springer link, shown in the catalogue.Read more
In order to develop our digital library, the Peace Palace Library is offering a multitude of E-resources: E-journals, E-books and electronic (legal) databases. Those e-resources are only available inside our Library.Read more