Request Articles, Books & Documents

Request materials held by the Library

To find books held in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library collection, you can search our online catalogue. Call or send us an email to place a book on hold, or visit the Library. See our page on visiting the Library for more information on who can check out material from the Library.

Documents may be scanned on-demand for a special project, or at the request of users. Please note that on-demand scanning requests are handled in the order received. Priority is given to requests from UN Member States and UN Secretariat staff.

The time required varies with the number of pages and the condition of the documents. UN documents scanned by the Library are added to the Official Document System and the Digital Library.

Request materials not held by the Library

In addition to the electronic resources subscribed to by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, we have configured our search so that it finds other relevant materials that are not directly accessible, such as:

  • articles and newspapers in databases that are accessible only with a password (i.e. Lexis-Nexis and Factiva, which can be accessed from within the Library only);
  • articles and books on topics of interest to the United Nations that the Library can borrow from other libraries.

The following delivery times typically apply:

  • 2-3 days for articles
  • 1-2 weeks for books

Only UN Headquarters staff and Permanent Mission staff can request material from other libraries.

To place a request, please use the form below.

People with a valid UN Headquarters grounds pass may access the Library. The Library is not open to the general public.

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