Using the library

European Commission staff

Please log on to the Library and e-Resources site on My IntraComm

Staff working at another EU institution

How to access the collections of the Library and e-Resources?

Ask your local library to request a publication for you from the Library and e-Resources.
You may also wish to consult publications in the Library's reading room.

External readers

Explore Find-eR

Use Find-eR to search the Library's print and electronic collections. Some publications will be freely available with the full text online.

How to order a publication from the European Commission Library for consultation at your local library?

See information about interlibrary loans.

Who may access the Library's reading room?

External readers may request access to the reading room in Brussels and Luxembourg. Our external users include: university students, academic staff, and civil servants from Member States.

How to gain access to the reading room?

Email the External Readers Office in Brussels or Luxembourg.
Provide the following information 24 hours prior to your planned visit:

  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Country of residence
  • Passport or ID card number
  • Passport or ID card expiry date (ID valid date)
  • Qualification (e.g., university student, university teacher)
  • Organisation (e.g., name of a company or university)
  • Telephone
  • E-mail
  • Scheduled date for the visit
  • Your research topic
  • Your language preferences

Visiting groups

Email the External Readers Office if you want to organise a visit to the Library in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Interlibrary loans - European Commission staff

How to request loans from non-Commission librariespdf?

Who may borrow from the European Commission Library?

The European Commission Library only meets requests for loans submitted by recognised libraries and documentation services.

The Library does not lend any material to individuals directly. Individuals who wish to borrow or use Library and e-Resources material outside the Library building should contact their institution's library or public library to arrange the loan of the material on their behalf.

What materials does the European Commission Library loan?

Most of the print books may be borrowed. The Library does not lend material restricted to library use only or in high demand from our own users.

Periodicals cannot be loaned. The Library can supply copies of articles from periodicals subject to copyright legislation whenever the terms and conditions in the license agreements allow it. Photocopy requests must comply with current copyright regulations and be of a non-commercial nature.

E-books cannot be loaned due to licensing restrictions.

How can an institution's library or a public library send requests?

The European Commission Library accepts requests sent via email.

Requests must include the following details:

Books: Title, author, publication year, call number of the item

Articles: Publication title, year, issue; article details: pages, author, call number of the item.

How long is the loan period?

Material lent to libraries generally has a maximum loan period of six weeks.

Does the European Commission Library charge for lending?

The European Commission Library only accepts payment from institution's library or public library with IFLA Vouchers.

There is no charge for loans to European Documentation Centres.