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About the Library

The library of the Court is an international court library specialised in the European human rights system. Created in 1966 the library has built up an important fund of general human rights literature as well as items on other human rights systems. The majority of the material is in one of the two official languages, French and English, but there are also items in German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and other languages. The library serves primarily the Court and its Registry in their judicial and publishing activities. External researchers are also welcome to come and take advantage of the collection.


European Court of Human Rights
F-67075 Strasbourg cedex
Tel. :+33(0)
Fax :+33(0)

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

10:00 - 17:00

Due to the Covid-19 precautionary measures, the Library will be closed from Monday 16th March and until further notice



External visitors are kindly asked to take an


Holidays and Closures 2020




Building consensus on European consensus

Examines how consensus is used by the Court in its dynamic interpretation of the Convention as a “living instrument”. Explores the tool’s concept, relation with the margin of appreciation doctrine, and appropriateness, as well as its potential as an interpretive methodology for human rights protection at regional and national levels.

Building consensus on European consensus : judicial interpretation of human rights in Europe and beyond / edited by Panos Kapotas, Vassilis P. Tzevelekos. - Cambridge ... [et al.] : Cambridge University Press, 2019. - xiv, 487 p. – 24 cm. - ISBN : 9781108473323 (hbk.)


ECHR Building


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My first visit - what to do

  • Appointment – indicate your preferred date  and research topic when you contact us

  • Identification – present your passport/identity card at the entrance  and you will receive a day pass for the Library

  • Reading room – you will be escorted to the Library, where you have direct access to the collection

  • Facilities – there are lockers for your belongings, and free Wi-Fi

  • Cancellation – in case you cannot keep your appointment, please inform us

  • Call number plan
  • How to read call numbers
  • Library rules
  • Photocopies

The way to the library

You are welcomed by:

Genevieve WOODS - Head of the Library
(acquisitions, budget, thesaurus, cataloguing and indexing)
Alain HEISSERER – Deputy Head of the Library
(database administrator, inventory, cataloguing and indexing, pagemaster)
Anaïs DELAHAYES - Librarian
(cataloguing and indexing, New Acquisitions Bulletin, inter-library loans, statistics)
Hyacinta DRAGANOVSKA - Librarian
+33(0)3. 41.31.16
(periodical registration, pre-cataloguing, secretariat)

Library Facts 2018

Area: 560m2 on 2 floors

Collection - Catalogue items: 68,000

Monographs: 29,000
Digital items: 750
Articles in periodicals: 25,000
Chapters in books: 9,500
Doctrines on the ECHR: 2,500
Current Periodicals: 131

Catalogue: Online catalogue

Language Coverage: Items in the collection are mainly in the two official languages: English and French - but other languages such as German, Italian etc. are also represented

Library System: SirsiDynix (USA) - Symphony 3.5.0

Cataloguing Format: MARC 21

Cataloguing Rules: Anglo-American cataloguing rules. 2nd ed., 1998 revision

Transliteration Rules: ALA-LC romanization tables: transliteration schemes for non-roman scripts. 1997

Classification System: Classification decimale universelle. - 1990 with internal adaptions

Thesaurus: Internal keyword list

Staff: 5 librarians

Library committee: 3 judges and 4 members of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights