About the Library
The library of the Court is an international court library specialised in the European human rights system. Created in 1966 the library has built up an important fund of general human rights literature as well as items on other human rights systems. The majority of the material is in one of the two official languages, French and English, but there are also items in German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and other languages. The library serves primarily the Court and its Registry in their judicial and publishing activities. External researchers are also welcome to come and take advantage of the collection.
European Court of Human Rights
F-67075 Strasbourg cedex
For an appointment please indicate your preferred date, and give an outline of your research topic. Online contact form
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
COE staff have automatic access to the Library.
External visitors are kindly asked to take an
Commentary on the European Convention
A distinguished list of legal experts have produced a commentary in Hungarian to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Covering the Convention Articles and its 16 Protocols the work is amply provided with case-law references which are current up to the end of June 2021.
Az Emberi Jogok Európai Egyezményének kommentárja / szerkesztők : Sonnevend Pál, Bodnár Eszter. - Budapest : HVG-ORAC, 2021. - xxiii, 728 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN:9789632585345 (hbk.). - 342.7:06CE % SON
My first visit - what to do
Appointment – indicate your preferred date and research topic when you contact us
Identification – present your passport/identity card at the entrance and you will receive a day pass for the Library
Reading room – you will be escorted to the Library, where you have direct access to the collection
Facilities – there are lockers for your belongings, and free Wi-Fi
Cancellation – in case you cannot keep your appointment, please inform us
- Call number plan
- How to read call numbers
- Library rules
The way to the library
You are welcomed by:
Genevieve WOODS - Head of the Library
(management, acquisitions, budget, thesaurus, cataloguing and indexing)
Alain HEISSERER – Deputy Head of the Library
(database administrator, inventory, New Acquisitions Bulletin, inter-library loans, cataloguing and indexing, pagemaster)
Yann SOUPPART - Librarian
(KS and SCN coordinator, loose-leaf updating, cataloguing and indexing)
Hyacinta DRAGANOVSKA - Librarian
(periodical registration, pre-cataloguing and indexing, statistics, secretariat)
Library Facts 2022
Area: 560m2 on 2 floors
Collection - Catalogue items: 78,000
Digital items: 925
Articles in periodicals: 31,000
Chapters in books: 11,400
Doctrines on the European Convention: 2,800
Current Periodicals: 131
Catalogue: Online catalogue
Language Coverage: Items in the collection are mainly in the two official languages: English and French - but other languages such as German, Italian etc. are also represented
Library System: SirsiDynix (USA) – Symphony 4.0.0.
Cataloguing Format: MARC 21
Cataloguing Rules: Anglo-American cataloguing rules. 2nd ed., 1998 revision
Transliteration Rules: ALA-LC romanization tables: transliteration schemes for non-roman scripts. 1997
Classification System: Classification decimale universelle. - 1990 with internal adaptions
Thesaurus: Internal keyword list
Staff: 4 librarians
Library Committee: 5 judges and 4 members of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights
Former Heads of the Library:
Sigfrid BEIN – 1966-1999
Nora (Eleonora) BINDER – 1999-2001 (acting)
Nora (Eleonora) BINDER – 2002-2016