Do I have to visit the Library to access UN documents?
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2018     Views: 2363

You do not need to visit the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in most cases.

Many UN documents are available from the Official Document System (ODS), a full-text searchable database of UN documents, or from UNBISnet, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library catalogue, including:

  • All United Nations documents from 1993;
  • All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946;
  • All Security Council plenary documents from 1946 in English, French and Spanish;
  • All supplements to the Official records of the General Assembly from 1946;
  • Older documents are being scanned: See the status of digitization below.

UN staff, delegates, accredited media or NGO representatives, can visit or contact a United Nations Library to consult the hard copy of documents.

External researchers can access Official records that have not yet been digitized by visiting one of the United Nations depository library or information centres.

If the document is not available in the nearest depository library or information centre, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers scan-on-demand service.


Disclaimer: answers are prepared by library staff using resources available at the time of writing. This site may include links and references to third-party databases, websites, books and articles, this does not imply endorsement by the United Nations.


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