Document and media types, geographical focus and linguistic scope
Within these subject areas the Library acquires systematically across a broad range of document and information types including monographs, periodicals, working-papers, European documentation, government publications (reports, statistics, parliamentary debates, official journals).
Media include paper, microform, CD ROM, and Internet resources. The geographical focus is predominantly Western Europe and other advanced industrial societies.
However, as research has moved to include the transition paths of post-communist societies, increasing attention is being given to Eastern European materials.
More recently, the whole of the Mediterranean area has become a major research theme of the EUI and it is expected that Library collections for this region will expand.
The language of monograph holdings tends to be that of the original althoug there are many exceptions to this pattern especially in the case of the number of English translations acquired.
For particularly important books, multiple copies and editions in more than one language will often be found.