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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.

2017 data


  • 92,152 e-journals 
  • 505,895 e-books
  • 1,076 current print journals and serials
  • 575,096 print books
  • 190 databases 
  • 20,996 items listed in Cadmus, EUI Research Repository

Services provided

  • 5,854 purchased books per year
  • 17,35% of purchased books are based on user requests
  • 55 computers available for EUI members
  • 3,147 interlibrary loans provided to EUI members
  • 35 training session hours for 562 participants

Usage of resources 

  • 130 users entering the Library per day 
  • 104,346 volumes loaned or consulted
  • 1,512 volumes delivered from storage
  • 261,800 full-text documents downloaded
  • 146,933 visits on the Library website
  • 324,576 visits on Cadmus, EUI Research Repository

What do users think and say?*

  • 82% of the Library users express that "the Library collection fits my research needs"
  • 89% of the Library users express that "the Library provides a good service to me"
  • 69% of the researchers access the library every day or every week 

"The EUI library has all the resources you need for your research ‐ and if you're missing something, the librarians will make sure you get it!"
"Some staff are amazing in terms of dealing with researchers and doing their jobs."
"The Library is a stimulating working environment for all EUI researchers"

 * Results of the 2016 Library User Survey

Page last updated on 21 September 2018