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The Library brings newspapers & magazines to your mobile device!

We offer access from the Library, and throughout the Palais des Nations, to a collection of e-newspapers from 100 countries and in 60 languages through PressDisplay. And did you know that with the PressReader app, you can access newspapers from your mobile device, too? When you are connected to the UNOG wifi, you can use this app to download today’s issue of your favourite newspaper! Watch this short video to see how the app works.




The Library & Archives collaborate with WFUNA for its UNA Youth Human Rights Training

We are honoured to be part of the World Federation of United Nations Associations UNA Youth Human Rights Training programme. This week, the UN Library and Archives at Geneva, together with the OHCHR Library gave presentations about human rights milestones and documentation to the young participants in the UNA Youth Human Rights Training. See photos of this event posted on our Facebook page.

2014 News - Archives (in English only)



Visit the photo exhibition “Small Island Developing States”, 14-30 July 2014

2014 is the first International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) declared by the United Nations. On this occasion, we invite you to visit the photo exhibition entitled “Small Island Developing States: On the Frontline of Natural Disasters and Climate Change Risks” which will be on display at the Palais des Nations until 30 July 2014 - Exhibition Gallery, E Building, 3rd Floor, Door 40.



Graduate Study Programme tour of the Library and the League of Nations Museum

We were pleased to host the participants in the United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme (GSP) 2014 for a visit last week. Held every July at the Palais des Nations, the GSP provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study. See photos of the GSP tour of the Library and League of Nations Museum.

UNOG Library welcomes members of the International Law Commission and participants in the International Law Seminar

This week we welcome members of the International Law Commission (ILC) back to the United Nations Office at Geneva for the 2nd part of the sixty-sixth session (7 July to 8 August). This is also the start of the fiftieth session of the International Law Seminar (ILS), which has been held at the Palais des Nations in conjunction with the annual ILC session since 1965. Every year the Library's information services and our rich collection in the field of international law are greatly appreciated and highly used by members of the ILC and participants in the ILS. We are pleased to be able to support their work and research.



See photos of last week's International Conference "Volunteerism: Avenue for Social Transformation"

Held at the Palais des Nations 1-2 July 2014, the Fourth International Conference on Volunteerism focused on the following issues: diversity of volunteer activity; international cooperation; corporate volunteerism and social entrepreneurship; volunteers’ contribution to cultural historic preservation and development of social tourism; youth in the labour-market; and alternative forms of employment. Click here to see photos of the event.


New Library Talk - "Respecting International Humanitarian Law: Challenges and Responses"

On Friday 4 July 2014 (10h30-12h00) join us for the book launch of "Respecting International Humanitarian Law: Challenges and Responses". This event is organized in collaboration with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
Read more about this event at: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks - Interested participants are invited to register online.






Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt,
UN Photo
The OHCHR Library publishes a Human Rights Timeline

The Library of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with help from the UN Library at Geneva, has created a comprehensive Human Rights Timeline. The timeline accounts for the evolution of the human rights scene since the early 20th century, providing links to major international instruments and conferences, official UN documents and activities of UN bodies.


The Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of UNCTAD!

We have launched a new research guide which presents selected resources about the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. It includes the full-text documents of the ministerial-level meetings, held every four years since 1964!






Photo Albums : Library Talks held on 12 and 19 June 2014

Discover photos of our two last Library Talks: “Maritime Piracy: a look from above” organized in collaboration with UNITAR (12 June 2014) and “Afghanistan Post-2014: Commitment or Abandonment?” organized in collaboration with ACANU and Le News (19 June 2014).
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Library Talk: “The essential field guide to Afghanistan”

Join us for the book launch of “The essential field guide to Afghanistan” (4th ed.), organized in collaboration with ACANU and Le News - Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 16:00.

Details and online registration: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks




Check out our new visual identity !

This new visual identity, which has been applied to our social media pages, makes sure that all areas of our work - knowledge management, institutional memory, cultural diplomacy and intellectual outreach - are clearly and consistently represented to our various publics.
Visit our Facebook pages !

Save the dates ! Two Library Talks will take place in June

- “Maritime Piracy: a look from above” Presentation of the study “UNOSAT Global Report on Maritime Piracy”, organized in collaboration with UNITAR - Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 16:00.

- Book launch “The essential field guide to Afghanistan”, organized in collaboration with ACANU and Le News - Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 16:00.
Details and online registration: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks




Discover journal articles selected by UNOG Librarians

Did you know that we regularly select articles of interest from our journals collection? These materials can be retrieved through our online catalogue: http://librarycat.unog.ch

Electronic versions might also be available to our onsite users, simply click on the “Get it” option from the article record to check if you can download an e-version.


UN Photo / S. Bermeniev
New Book: We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century, by Kofi Annan

Discover Kofi Annan’s latest book which contains a selection of his key speeches given throughout his term of office as Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006). The Library offers access to additional books and articles written by Kofi Annan, either in print or in electronic version.






UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
Doing research on disarmament issues ?

Have a look at the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook which contains a review of the main developments and negotiations in the field of disarmament by year (since 1976). Volumes from 1976 to 2013 are available for download at : http://www.un.org/disarmament/publications/yearbook
Visit also our Disarmament Research Guides: http://libraryresources.unog.ch/disarmament

Get access to the United Nations Library at Geneva for your research

The UN Library at Geneva welcomes university-level and graduate students, professors, independent researchers, historians, lawyers, economists, journalists and librarians from all over the world, who need to use our collections. Access to the Library allows researchers to use our services and facilities while they are on site. Learn how you can get access to the Library.





Photo Album: “Time to React" discussion and book presentation (16 May 2014)

Discover photos of the book launch of “Time to React : The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response” by Prof. Heidi Hardt. This event took place on 16 May 2014 at the Library.
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Don't miss our new Library Talk on 16 May 2014 !

Save the date ! You are invited to join us for the book launch of “Time to React : The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response” by Prof. Heidi Hardt.
Friday 16 May 2014, from 13h to 14h30 - UNOG Library Events Room, B.135, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Register online and find more information at: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks





On International Museum Day - 18 May – join us for a guided tour of the League of Nations Museum !

Free Guided Tours are proposed for this very special day! A great opportunity to discover a remarkable period of the United Nations history and to uncover new perspectives on current topics like the economic crisis, human rights health, and much more. Book a tour now!

The Library increases its offer of electronic newspapers !

Recently the Library added a new product to its electronic offer : PressDisplay. This database brings more than 2,000 international news titles from 100 countries in 56 languages.
From now on, UN staff working in the Palais des Nations and researchers at the Library can get instant online access to today's newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. The service also provides up to a 60-day backfile.



Photo Album: "Women and Diplomacy" discussion and book presentation (29 April 2014)

Discover photos of our event on women and diplomacy, during which the book “Regard historique sur la diplomatie féminine en Autriche et en France” by Julie Anne Demel was presented. This event took place on 29 April 2014 at the Library.
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The Library celebrates World Book Day !

To mark World Book Day (23 April) we invite you to visit our new online guide on using e-books and to register for a one-on-one coaching session to learn how to use our e-books, with the assistance of one of our librarians !
And, don't miss the photo of our team which we have shared on our Facebook page to wish you all a happy World Book Day 2014 !



Save the date! 29 April : Women and Diplomacy - Discussion and Book Presentation

The Library will host a discussion on women and diplomacy together with a presentation of the book “Regard historique sur la diplomatie féminine en Autriche et en France” by Julie Anne Demel, on Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 12h30. This event will take place in French.
More information about this event, together with an online registration form will be posted later at http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks

Meet the Graduate Institute Geneva Librarians!

Recently we were thrilled to welcome our colleagues of the Graduate Institute Geneva Library for a guided tour of the UNOG Library, the Archives and the League of Nations Museum.
It was a great opportunity to share experiences. Look at the photos of their visit published on their Facebook page.


New Research Guide: People of African Descent

On the occasion of the panel discussion on people of African descent which took place on 3 April 2014 at the Library, we were pleased to launch our new research guide on people of African descent: http://libraryresources.unog.ch/africandescent
The guide presents direct links to the most relevant UN documents on the topic and highlights the print and electronic collections of the United Nations Library at Geneva (including books and articles). In addition, key websites have been selected by our librarians to help you to keep up-to-date on this subject.




Photos of our Last Library Talks

Look at our last photo albums posted on our Facebook page:
"People of African Descent: Access to Justice" (3 April 2014)
“New Directions in Social Policy: Towards a Post-2015 Agenda” (9 April 2014)
“Outstanding Debts to Settle: The Economic Accomplices of the Dictatorship in Argentina” (10 April 2014)

New Research Guide: People of African Descent

On the occasion of the panel discussion on people of African descent which took place on 3 April 2014 at the Library, we were pleased to launch our new research guide on people of African descent: http://libraryresources.unog.ch/africandescent
The guide presents direct links to the most relevant UN documents on the topic and highlights the print and electronic collections of the United Nations Library at Geneva (including books and articles). In addition, key websites have been selected by our librarians to help you to keep up-to-date on this subject.

Join us for our New Library Talks!

3 April, 16h00: "People of African Descent: Access to Justice" - A panel discussion organized in collaboration with the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
9 April, 12h30: “New Directions in Social Policy: Towards a Post-2015 Agenda” – A panel discussion organized in collaboration with the UN Research Institute for Social Development.
10 April, 16h00: “Outstanding Debts to Settle: The Economic Accomplices of the Dictatorship in Argentina” – Book launch organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN in Geneva and the International Commission of Jurists.
Register online and find more information: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks - Venue: UNOG Library Events Room, B.135, 1st Floor.




Mine Action: Photo Exhibition and Information Resources

Every year, on 4 April, the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance is celebrated by the United Nations. We invite you to visit the photo exhibition "Women in Mine Action - Both Halves of the Sky Deserve all the Earth" which is on display from 31 March to 17 April 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Exhibition Gallery, E Building, 3rd Floor.
You can learn more about the work of the United Nations in this area through the following web sites: UN official page - UN Mine Action Gateway - UN Libraries Research Guide on Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War

Find answers to your language questions in our electronic dictionaries !

Need help with usage, translation, grammar or pronunciation in English, French or other languages? Use our dictionaries and encyclopaedias guide which presents in one single location, reference tools such as well-known electronic dictionaries, together with free online resources.
You can use all of these resources in the Library and throughout the Palais des Nations : http://libraryresources.unog.ch/dict



One of the richest collections in Europe in the fields of law, human rights, politics and international relations

Our legal resources - in print and electronic format - and the services of our law librarian are highly valued by delegates, staff members, students, and researchers and are especially appreciated by members of the International Law Commission and of the International Law Seminar. The key references and latest materials on these topics are held in our Legal and Political Reading Room. Get a glimpse at the reading room and at the shelves housing our legal and political collection in our latest #shelfie album.

Don’t miss our Library Events this week!

20 March, 16h00-18h00 – Book launch : « Le propre de l’homme: sur une légitimité menacée » with the presence of the author Rémi Brague. Speakers : Prof. Philibert Secrétan, Honorary Professor of Philosophy, University of Fribourg (Switzerland); H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations at Geneva. The event will be held in French only.
21 March at 13h00 – Special Event on International Poetry Day : “From History to our Story: Transforming the gender paradigm from competition to collaboration”. Performers: Dr. Rama Mani and Robert Mc Dowell. Speakers: Ambassador Tania Dussey-Cavassini, Yan Borgstedt, and Karen Tse. - Register online and find more information at: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks



Explore UNOG Library’s collections with Global Search

Global Search offers a single search box to the library's print and electronic collections. Find articles, books and more in one search, refine your results, export citations and share your search results with others. You can run your search and make your selection from anywhere. Full-text articles can only be downloaded in the Library or at the Palais des Nations. Discover Global Search: http://libraryresources.unog.ch/global

Save the date : New Library Events in March!

20 March, 16h00-18h00 – Book launch : « Le propre de l’homme: sur une légitimité menacée » with the presence of the author Rémi Brague. Speakers : Prof. Philibert Secrétan, Honorary Professor of Philosophy, University of Fribourg (Switzerland); H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations at Geneva. The event will be held in French only.
21 March at 13h00 – Special Event on International Poetry Day : “From History to our Story: Transforming the gender paradigm from competition to collaboration”. Performers: Dr. Rama Mani and Robert Mc Dowell. Speakers: Ambassador Tania Dussey-Cavassini, Yan Borgstedt, and Karen Tse. - Find more information at: http://www.unog.ch/librarytalks



UN Cultural Activities at Geneva : A Celebration of Dialogue among Civilizations

The Cultural Activities Programme, hosted by the UNOG Library, offers a unique platform to Member States and members of the UN System to present cultural activities highlighting the key issues on the United Nations agenda to the international community.
Follow our Facebook page to find new events organized in the Palais des Nations. If you do not have a valid accreditation to enter the Palais des Nations and are interested in our cultural events, you can apply for a Cultural Passport: libraryculture@unog.ch

The Institutional Memory Section launches a new collaborative project

The United Nations Office at Geneva just signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania for the digitization of League of Nations archives relating to Lithuania. For the Institutional Memory Section of the Library, this is an important step in the development of collaborative programmes with United Nations Member States and other institutions to help preserve the United Nations’ past and facilitate access to this World Memory.




Access the Latest Economics e-Books @ UNOG Library

Through our e-books collections, UNOG Library offers access to the latest publications of the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank. Users can browse their new titles, download PDF files and sign up for alerts. IMF, OECD, and World Bank e-books and statistics and dozens of other premium databases can be accessed at the Library and in offices throughout the Palais des Nations. Visit our e-resources portal for more : http://libraryresources.unog.ch/eres

“Too Young to Wed” Debate & Exhibition on Child Marriage

A High-Level Debate on Child, Early and Forced Marriage will take place on Monday 3 March in the Salle des pas perdus (A Building, 3rd floor - Door 15). The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you do not have an access badge for the Palais des Nations, please register with libraryculture@unog.ch before 28 February 2014.

An exhibition of photographs by award-winning photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, who has documented the global issue of child, early and forced marriage for more than a decade, will be displayed from 25 February to 14 March 2014. - Find more cultural events.

Photo © Copyright: Stephanie Sinclair



Visit of Ms. Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General

UNOG Library is pleased to welcome Ms. Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for a guided visit of the Library, Archives, and League of Nations Museum. Our staff are excited to meet Ms. Malcorra and to be able to give her a first-hand look at some of the valuable collections and vital information services that we offer for staff, delegates, and researchers worldwide.

League of Nations Museum: It’s your history!

Explore the History of the United Nations at Geneva. Try out our new combo guided tour and visit the Palais des Nations and the League of Nations Museum. You’ll discover new perspectives on the history of the United Nations at Geneva and on the development of International Geneva. This guided tour starts with a visit of the best locations in the Palais des Nations providing an opportunity to learn more about the current activities of the United Nations at Geneva. The tour continues with the Museum, where original archives documents illustrate the key moments of the original international organization, the League of Nations. - Bookings and inquiries - Follow the Museum



Hidden Treasures

About five centuries ago, a German monk, Ambrosius Alantsee, put his thoughts on how to achieve peace through international cooperation in writing. His oeuvre is not only one of the first examples of printed books, but also the oldest book in the UNOG Library’s collection. The UNOG Library’s stacks, covering 46 km of publications, provide a safe house to close to a thousand books published prior to 1850, many dating back as far as the 16th century. Our catalogue is the ideal entry point to browse through our collections.



Hot From The Press

It is blue, 58 pages thick and fascinating to read. UNOG’s Annual Report 2013 has just been published! The progress report focuses on UNOG’s work in the promotion of peace, development and human rights – issues that impact lives of people around the globe.
To make critical United Nations and non-United Nations resources findable, the UNOG Library curates content in topical research guides: Disarmament - Economics, Trade & Development - Human Rights – Law – Refugees - Social Affairs – Statistics - United Nations. Find all our guides at http://libraryresources.unog.ch

Travaux préparatoires, please!

If they weren't familiar with it before their first day on the job, it does not take long for a new UN Librarian to get to know very well the meaning of the phrase 'travaux préparatoires'. Literally, 'preparatory works', the drafting history of international treaties is among the most frequent topics of research at UNOG Library, bringing students, scholars and lawyers from all over the world to our reading rooms in the Palais des Nations.
Although existing guides can be of great help, they rarely list or include the text of all drafts, reports, minutes, and other documents related to the drafting and the negotiation of the treaty. Fortunately, we offer interested researchers access to one of the most comprehensive collections of UN official documents - along with experienced, professional research guidance.



New Outfit for the Periodicals Reading Room

Our redesigned Periodicals Reading Room offers an ideal spot to sit and browse through 700 magazines and newspapers. The refurbishment acknowledges the historic value of the room whilst transforming it into a space equal to the needs of the 21st century user. The UNOG Library provides access to over 60 databases and 60,000 electronic journals - as well as a prestigious multi-lingual collection of books and journals by authors at the top level of their fields.



Launch of Collaboration Project with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Institutional Memory Section of the United Nations Office at Geneva Library and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum signed a cooperation agreement on 29 January 2014 for the digitization of the League of Nations Archives related to Jewish populations during the Interwar Era.









New Exhibition: “The Girls of Room 28 – In Remembrance of the Children of the Theresienstadt Ghetto” (27 January-11 February 2014)

On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the exhibition “The Girls of Room 28 – In Remembrance of the Children of the Theresienstadt Ghetto” will be displayed at the Palais des Nations. The richly illustrated exhibition has been created to further the girls of Room 28’s desire to tell the story of their friends and their childhood during the Nazi regime to the young generation. It illustrates their story using original documents and echoes of young lives – traces both of lives lost as well as from those who survived. The exhibition will be on display in the Salle des pas perdus from 27 January to 11 February 2014.



The Committee of the Rights of the Child is holding its 65th session in Geneva

Last week the Committee on the Rights of the Child started its 65th session. They will meet until 31 January at the Palais Wilson in Geneva to review the promotion and protection of children's rights under the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols in Congo, Yemen, Holy See, Portugal, Russian Federation and Germany.
Find more about the Committee and its 65th session. See also the "special feature on children” by Refworld, UNHCR.



Photos of the Book Launch and Library Talk on Peacebuilding with Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste – Friday, 17 January.

After decades under the authoritarian rule of Indonesia, the new nation of Timor-Leste was wracked by conflict early in the twenty-first century. Sukehiro Hasegawa’s new book reveals how primordial leadership proved to be the key to building sustainable peace in this young Southeast Asian country.



New Year, New Look: Discover our Fully-Updated Research Guides on Disarmament!

Use our disarmament resource guides to find key resources and keep up-to-date on this topic. You will find links to treaties, documents, publications, websites and news, all in one place.

Our guides cover the following topics: Discover all our research guides: http://libraryresources.unog.ch




Launch of Collaboration Project with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Institutional Memory Section of the United Nations Office at Geneva Library and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum signed a cooperation agreement on 29 January 2014 for the digitization of the League of Nations Archives related to Jewish populations during the Interwar Era.






Register now: Book Launch and Library Talk on Peacebuilding with Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste – This Friday, 17 January, 12:30

After decades under the authoritarian rule of Indonesia, the new nation of Timor-Leste was wracked by conflict early in the twenty-first century. Sukehiro Hasegawa’s new book reveals how primordial leadership proved to be the key to building sustainable peace in this young Southeast Asian country.

You are cordially invited to join us in the Library Events Room for this book launch and discussion on peacebuilding and national ownership with the author and other distinguished panel members. Read here for more information.



Discover UNOG Library Electronic Collections

We currently offer access to more than 60 databases from the Library and UN Office at Geneva workstations and are continuously developing this collection to support the work of the Organization and our researchers. Visit our electronic resources portal to discover our electronic collections. And visit our e-resources trials page to test and provide feedback on new resources under consideration for acquisition.
We would be happy to present to you the Library services that correspond to your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and/or to set up individual or group information sessions: library@unog.ch.

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