Since its foundation in 1984, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has systematically built up a research library in Lund. The library focus on public international law in general and human rights law and humanitarian law in particular. The collection, which consists of approximately 30,000 titles includes a large number of periodicals. It forms not only the leading human rights library in Sweden, but is also generally considered to be among the top five human rights libraries in Europe.
The collections are registered in Libris, the Swedish national catalogue system, and in Lovisa, the Lund University Libraries catalogue. Inter-library loans are offered to other libraries and the service is much appreciated since many books are unique and cannot be found elsewhere.
The library is open to the public and attracts a variety of people, such as students in masters programmes and undergraduate programmes in human rights, researchers, doctoral candidates, visiting scholars and others who have reason to make use of the library’s collection. The library is a reference library and offers a good study environment with work stations and printing and scanning possibilities. The library is also a meeting point between master students from the International Human Rights Law program at the Faculty of Law and students from other human rights courses. Many activities arranged by the students and their NGO, Jus Humanis, take place at the library and its meeting room.
Guest researchers from foreign countries, for example China, Turkey, the Maldives, Laos, Vietnam and Austria, are frequently finding their way to the library. The Institute receives numerous requests from academics who wish to spend some time at the Institute in order to make use of the library because of the high quality of the collection and accessibility to electronic media.
The library has in collaboration with the Department for International Programmes conducted trainings for librarians and IT-specialists in various topics related to modern libraries including concept of open access and open source, web searching, provision of ICT tools such as websites, blogs, wikis, enabling multi-faceted communication and information dissemination as well as other skills needed for librarians.