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About the Library

Research at the Institute is supported by an excellent library in the Social Sciences, and a team of experienced librarians and information specialists.

Nearly forty years of investment in collections, services and infrastructure, have resulted in an internationally recognised social science research library, valued for its multi-national character and the high quality of its collections with a special emphasis on Europe. 

Most of the Library’s print holdings are on open shelving. In addition, the Library provides its users access to an extensive collection of databases, full text e-journals, ebooks and e-working papers.

The Library has the status of European Documentation Centre (EDC), an official depository of EU publications and documents.

The EUI subscribes to the principle of Open Access. Library staff strives to work with the academic community to increase the content, coverage and visibility of the EUI research repository, Cadmus.

Information on works in the Library 2015/2016

2014 data


  • 57,000 e-journals 
  • 460,000 e-books
  • 1,700 current print journals and serials
  • 550,000 print books
  • 343 databases 
  • 16,000 items listed in Cadmus, EUI Research Repository

Services provided

  • 8,000 purchased books per year
  • 15% of purchased books are based on user requests
  • 55 computers available for EUI members
  • 3,000 interlibrary loans provided to EUI members
  • 78 training session hours for 711 participants

Usage of resources 

  • 150 users entering the Library per day 
  • 110,000 volumes loaned or consulted
  • 280,000 full-text documents downloaded
  • 142,000 visits on the Library website
  • 266,000 visits on Cadmus, EUI Research Repository

What do users think and say?*

  • 92% of the Library users express that "the Library collection fits my research needs"
  • 98% of the Library users express that "the Library provides a good service to me"
  • 87% of the researchers access the library every day or every week 

"By far the best book collection I have seen in a university library"
"A brilliant library with highly qualified and responsive staff"
"The best-organized E-resource pages I've come across in my university studies!"

 * Results of the 2014 Library User Survey

Page last updated on 18 January 2016