Can I access the Library?
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2016
People with a valid UN Headquarters grounds pass may use the Library, including staff of the following:
- UN Secretariat
- Diplomatic missions
- Specialized agencies
- Accredited media
- Accredited NGO
The Library is not open to the general public.
Our primary clients are the Permanent Missions of the Member States and the UN Secretariat staff based in New York. While we aim to answer questions about the UN from external researchers, this is not our primary mandate and our capacity to do extensive research is limited.
The vast majority of recent documentation is available to everyone electronically. Some of the main resources for documents and information are listed below. Members of the public are invited to visit depository libraries located worldwide if they are in need of documentation in hard copy format.
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.