The RWI library is a reference library with approximately 27 study places and five computers. It also features a study room for conversation and discussion.
The library also carries out, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, training for students in how to best special and relevant databases related to human rights.
This is the only library in Sweden that focuses on human rights, which also puts it in a unique position when it comes to the collection’s breadth and depth. The collection has been built up over about three decades, so there is also a large amount of unique material at the library. This material is hard to find in the rest of Europe and even more rare in the Nordic countries.
The library also fulfills a role as a national resource for human rights research and dissemination by sending interlibrary loans to libraries in Sweden and other Nordic countries and receiving questions from all over the country.
By focusing on one subject, the staff also has had the opportunity to acquire the specialised expertise in this particular field of study, with in-depth knowledge of current publications and open and commercial databases in the field.
The library is the only library in Sweden, and the library in the Nordic region that has by far the longest experience, conducting international library support work. The library is at the crossing point between practice and research. This brings about a high level of understanding of the system of human rights and how they are implemented in developing countries, as well as an expertise in how the teaching about human rights material can be conducted in the most efficient manner.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s human rights library’s mission is to facilitate research and to disseminate knowledge of human rights by providing access to up-to-date and relevant information and literature within the field of human rights and humanitarian law. The library is part of Lund University Libraries, which offer a wide range of systems and tools.