Overview:The Peace Palace Library, the international law library: international public and private law, municipal and comparative law, war and peace issues.
The Peace Palace Library is part of the Carnegie Foundation, responsible for the maintenance of the Peace Palace, The Hague. The Peace Palace is the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice and the Hague Academy of International Law.
The Peace Palace Library has collected publications since 1913. The collection of the Library now includes over a million volumes. A large part of this collection is searchable through the Peace Palace Library’s online catalogue. This catalogue is unique because it classifies not only books and (journal) articles according to their subject, but also book items. In its classification of all books, book items, journal articles and other types of publications, the Library tries to remain faithful, as much as possible, to the famous Catalogue de la bibliothèque du Palais de la Paix, designed in 1916 by Elsa Oppenheim, daughter of the famous international lawyer Jacques Oppenheim. At the same time, the Library also uses a more modern classification system, which consists of around 6,000 keywords. In order to help visitors make the most of these classification systems, the staff of the library offers a monthly Peace Palace Library Introduction Course.