The library is temporarily closed for the public due to current circumstances

Please contact the librarian, Lena Olsson, to arrange with access or to borrow books during the times the library is closed.

About the Library

The library has one of Europe’s largest and most current collections of international law with a focus on human rights. The collection consists of 20,000 titles, mainly in English and Swedish, and a vast number of electronic resources. Read More

Search Systems and Catalogues

LubCat is the library catalog of the libraries at Lund University. In LubCat you find the books of the RWI Library.

Available at Lund university

Covers books and journals in printed and electronic formats

Lund University Libraries
An overview of catalogs and services provided by Lund University Libraries.

In Libris you find the books of the RWI Library as well as books, journals, dissertations, etc. held by all Swedish university libraries and Swedish research libraries. Books at RWI-Library>choos the name > tick the box.

‘WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide’

Information resources at other Libraries

The Nordic Africa Institute specializes in contemporary Africa and its holdings cover the entire continent.
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Peace Palace Library 

Databases A-Z

List of Databases  
Licensed and free resources selected by librarians and provided by Lund University libraries.

Research Guides

LibGuide to Human Rights
A guide to International law, human rights, and humanitarian law. Free resources available on different websites.

LibGuide to reference management. Tools
A guide in Swedish and English

LibGuide to reference management: Reference styles


Library Goals

  • Create an academic environment that is stimulating, motivating and enriching
  • Promote the use of the Library as a research and learning tool
  • Create an outward-looking, user-friendly range of services
  • Identify and provide access to all forms of information and literature for researchers, teachers, course participants, students, and staff at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Ensure that the books and periodicals selected and managed by the Library are relevant, support the course curricula and meet users’ need
  • Play an active role in teaching and research activities and facilitate learning, equipping users with information retrieval skills and providing a supportive library environment
  • Develop good working relations with other libraries
  • Support to Libraries

Developing a Human Rights Library

RWI has found library support activities of high importance to achieve greater effects of and sustain other capacity development initiatives. RWI’s experiences as accounted for above in this respect have been collected in the publication ‘Developing a Human Rights Library’. This 130-page resource covers a vast amount of material, from an introduction to basic human rights and the role the human rights library can play to more detailed chapters on how to search for human rights material, acquire materials for the library and use open source resources to the benefit of users.
Read more here: Developing a Human Rights Library  and Library Support note

Library Rules

  • If you have brought a laptop, please choose a desk without a computer.
  • Books are not supposed to be left on the desks. Someone else might need them. You have to return them yourself on the trolley reserved for that purpose.
  • You are allowed to reserve six (6) books for two weeks. Place these books on the reserved shelves with the back visible. Place a note with your full name and the reservation time in one of the books. Please take into account that other persons might have a need for books. Please put them back as soon as possible.
  • The desks are reserved for persons that have a direct need for the books and journals available at the RWI Library.


  • The price for copying and printing is the same as at other Lund University Libraries
  • In order to print or copy at the library, you need a StiL account.
  • Please follow this guide for how to set up all relevant accounts
  • Follow this guide to print from your own device
  • If you have any questions, please ask the Library staff