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 nearly 15,000 titles, mainly in English and Swedish, around 20 running journal subscriptions, and a vast number of electronic resources. Read More


Search Systems and Catalogues

In LUBcat you find the books of the RWI Library. LUBcat is the library catalogue of the libraries at Lund University

Avaiable at Lund univeristy libraries.

Covers books and journals in printed and electronic format.

Lund University Libraries
An overview of catalogues 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 is specializes in contemporary Africa and its holdings cover the entire continent.
On the webpage for the library you can find databases and information resources about Africa

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 refernce manangement: Reference styles


Running Journals

A list of the RWI library’s running journals.

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

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: Library Support note

90 kg of books just arrived and will be donated to univerisities in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Great books on human rights!

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 the books. Please put them back as soon as possible.
  • The desks are reserved for persons that have a direct need of 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