Where is the Dag Hammarskjöld Library located?
The main library is located in a non-public area of the United Nations Headquarters complex, at the northeast corner of 42nd Street and 1st Avenue. For more information see :
What are the library hours?
The library is normally open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While the General Assembly is in session (usually September to December), the library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library is closed on official United Nations holidays as well when the United Nations Headquarters complex is closed due to inclement weather.
Who was Dag Hammarskjöld?
Dag Hammarskjöld served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961. As a memorial to Hammarskjöld, who died in 1961 while on official travel, the library at United Nations Headquarters, a gift of the Ford Foundation, was dedicated in his honor on 16 November 1961.
Who may use the library?
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library is a special library designated to facilitate the work of the United Nations which focuses mainly on the needs of the United Nations Secretariat and diplomatic missions. Anyone with a valid United Nations Headquarters grounds pass, including specialized agencies, accredited media and NGO staff, is able to visit the library. Due to security constraints in place at the United Nations Headquarters complex, the library is not open to the general public. The vast majority of recent documentation is available to everyone electronically. Members of the public are invited to visit depository libraries located worldwide if they are in need of documentation in hard-copy format. The library provides online access to tools that assist clients in finding and using United Nations documentation including, UN Documents Research Guide, the UN Info Quest (UN-I-Que) database, and an e-mail reference service.
How may I contact the library?
For queries contact the reference team or consult our directory of services
What kind of questions does the library answer?
Professional librarians are happy to help authorized clients with questions related to the work of the United Nations. Among authorized clients are the staff of permanent missions, United Nations staff and accredited media and NGO personnel. Librarians have many tools at their disposal including, but not limited to, subscription-based electronic resources and historical printed materials related to the issues on the United Nations agenda, as well as publicly-available United Nations documentation going back to 1946. The library provides assistance to the general public on matters related to the United Nations only.
Does the library have computers for public use?
The library has several computers for researchers. Computer usage is limited to library research and United Nations-related work. Printing and photocopying facilities are available.
Does the library offer training?
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers a comprehensive training programme and develops online tutorials.
May I search the library's catalogue from my office or home?
You may search the library's catalogue UNBISnet from any computer that has access to the Internet. The catalogue is freely available to all Internet users.
Do I have to visit the library to access United Nations documents?
The full text of many United Nations documents are available from its Official Document System. In addition, UNBISnet, the Library's catalogue, links from the record for a document to its full text in all official languages of issuance.
May I borrow books from the library?
Yes. Authorized clients may borrow most books for a period of two weeks (renewals are possible) and back issues of journals for one week. Some material may have shorter loan periods or may not be borrowed at all, e.g. reference material or material from the Woodrow Wilson Library or the League of Nations collection. However, clients are permitted to make photocopies; assistance with retrieval of United Nations documents from the Official Document System (ODS) is also available. For more information contact the loan desk.
How can I get a book or article that the library does not have?
Authorized clients may request titles needed for official work that are not held by the Library through the Interlibrary Loan service. The Library has excellent relations with all major local libraries as well as its sister library in Geneva. The average wait for an Interlibrary Loan order is 10 days and depends on the availability of the requested item in partner libraries . For more information please contact the Inter libraryloan librarian.
Is it possible to use the facilities of other New York City libraries?
Yes. The Library can provide letters of introduction to selected New York City libraries. Authorized clients may request a letter of introduction from the Interlibrary Loan service.
May I read newspapers in the library?
Yes. The Library offers a small collection of both daily and weekly international newspapers in hard copy in the reading area of the first floor (L-105). The library also gives access to major news databases.
To which electronic resources does the library provide access?
The library subscribes to a wide variety of electronic resources related to the issues on the United Nations agenda. Access varies by database and in some cases, passwords are distributed directly to authorized clients. Please contact the Reference Team with questions about electronic resources.
May I order books and subscribe to a journal for my office through the library?
The library orders printed materials and online products for the departments and permanent missions at United Nations Headquarters. Before making suggestions, please consult a member of the reference team or the library's online catalogue, UNBISnet, to determine which items are currently available.
Does the library accept publications as gifts?
Due to space constraints, the library is not able to accept all gifts for its collections. Should you be interested in donating materials to the library, please contact us