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Consultation Rules

Archives of the United Nations Office at Geneva

The following rules apply:

- External researchers (professors, historians, lawyers, etc.) and university students have access to the archival collections for the purpose of their professional work or research studies.
- Researchers wishing to consult the archives must apply for a Library reader’s card. In addition, they have to complete a specific registration form in the archives reading rooms.
- The archival collections can only be consulted in situ. No external loans are allowed.
- The copying, reproduction and publication of documents to which access is given shall be subject to the following principles:

  • Researchers shall be warned that the United Nations is not in a position to release them from any obligations in respect of copyright held by persons whose works may be found in the archives;
  • The publication of large bodies of files (whole archive groups or large series therein) shall not be permitted;
  • The United Nations shall not be obliged to carry out the actual work of reproduction, even against payment.

Official printed documents may be photocopied.

For archives and records, which are already in the custody of the Institutional Memory Section: the public may have access to archives and records, which have been reviewed and processed. Members of the public may have access to:
- Documents that were accessible at the time of their creation
- Documents which are more than 20 years old and not subject to restrictions imposed by the Secretary-General.
- Documents which are less than 20 years old and not subject to restrictions imposed by the Secretary-General, on condition that the originating office has given written consent for access.

For restricted records, the public can apply for an "authorization to access". This application will be forwarded to the record originating office for approval. The applicant will be informed of the decision. Researchers are advised to begin this process well in advance of their expected visit.

Archives of the League of Nations, of International Peace Movements, Private Archives, and Collections

The following rules apply:
- All materials are accessible to the public
- External researchers (professors, historians, lawyers, etc.) and university students have access to the archival collections for the purpose of their professional work or research studies.
- Researchers wishing to consult these archives must apply for a Library reader’s card. In addition, they have to complete a specific registration form in the archives reading rooms.
- Researchers who have made use of these archives as a source for their work shall supply two copies of any resulting publication to the United Nations Library at Geneva.
- The archival collections can only be consulted in situ. No external loans are allowed.
- The copying, reproduction and publication of documents to which access is given shall be subject to the following principles:
  • Researchers shall be warned that the United Nations is not in a position to release them from any obligations in respect of copyright held by persons whose works may be found in the archives;
  • The publication of large bodies of files (whole archive groups or large series therein) shall not be permitted;
  • The United Nations shall not be obliged to carry out the actual work of reproduction, even against payment.

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