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UN Depository Library

This collection is the Hungarian member of a network of depository collections that covers all UN Member States. After Hungary had acceded to the UN in 1955, the Parliamentary Library became a UN depository collection in 1956. Documents (including various publications, monographs and periodicals) of the main organs of the UN and some of its specialized agencies ILO, UNESCO, WTO, IAEA, are kept here in English and French.

Documents of the League of Nations, the predecessor of the UN between 1920 and 1945, are stored here mostly in French. Hungarian and foreign language monographs covering the activities of the organization are also available on open shelves.

The transition from the card catalogue to online catalogue began in 1989 and retrospective cataloguing of older works has been under way ever since. The catalogue records has hyperlinks that take you to the full text of the documents concerned.

Contact:

Reference librarian: Helga Kardos
Phone: (+36-1) 441-4334
E-mail: helga.kardos@parlament.hu

Databases and e-resources

UN Digital Library

The UN Digital Library is available with the cooperation of Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the United Nations Library of Geneva.The official documents of the main organs (General Assembly, Security Council, Secretary, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council) and the decisions of the International Court of Justice can be accessed. After typing a keyword, search results can be narrowed by the resource type, the UN body, or date. Faceting also allows you to further refine your search by applying multiple filters. In the result list, the related documents may also be browsed such as relevant voting documents or reports. Documents can be read in all the official languages of the UN.

The website of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides research and information materials to support the work of United Nations Member States. As an integral part of the UN Organization, the Library also aids in the dissemination of UN information to a wider public audience through online services, and a global depository library network. The Library's digitization programme serves two vital functions: it preserves fragile historical documents, and allows them to be accessed online by many users without damage to the original record. These digitized documents are available in the UN Digital Library.

UN I-Library

The database is available only within authorized IP-ranges, i.e. full text documents are downloadable in the territory of an institution that has access. These publications are available online in the single research repository. Content is organised by series title, publication year and alphabetical order; and discovery of complete publications or even their components – chapters and articles – is a click away. The content is accessible in different formats – PDF and READ – to meet users’ needs, whether they read them on a mobile device, share them with peers via social networks or integrate content in a report. The range of content covered includes the following topics among others:children and youth, drugs crime and terrorism, human rights and refugees, migration, women and gender issues.

Official Document System (ODS)

The very first database of UN documents. It encompasses not only the official documents of the main bodies of the UN but also working papers and other related materials: recommendations, reports and decisions in all the official languages of the UN from 1945.

UN Treaty Collection

This website provides access to both UN treaties and treaties of League of Nations. The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the depository of more than 560 multilateral treaties that cover a broad range of subject matters such as human rights, disarmament and protection of the environment. The printed publications of the United Nations Treaty Series are also available on this site.

UN Commodity Statistics Trade Database

The database provides free access to detailed global trade data. UN Comtrade is a repository of official international trade statistics and relevant analytical tables. Downloadable publications and professional data visualisations are also available here.

UN Data

The database has statistical data in different areas: criminal, educational, financial etc. The statistics of each country of the world are also available.

Refworld

The website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It provides information, news and useful links on the situation of migration all around the world. Acts, case law as well as country information are available here.

Yearbook of the United Nations

The yearbook is an important reference work on the activities of the United Nations. It is based on the official documents of the organization, and provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, institutional, administrative and budgetary matters. The Pre-press section of the website affords readers access to draft chapters before their publication.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began functioning in April 1946. The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by member states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.

The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. Its official languages are English and French. Cases are searchable dating back to 1946.

The database of the United Nation’s special agencies

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Labour Discovery

The portal includes a special search engine that provides access to some other databases such as ILO digital collections and Labordoc.

The digital collection gathers together different digitized collections covering the history and activities of the organization. The collection is continuously growing.Labordoc is the catalogue of the ILO containing its official publications as well as monographs, journals and educational materials.Many Open Access resources are also accessible via Labordoc.

NATLEX

The database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation. Researchers may browse international labour rules and regulations here.

NORMLEX

The database contains labour rules, international labour standards, treaties, recommendations and ratification information.

ILOSTAT

Central labour statistics database. Searchable by almost a hundred indicators, the database provides access to more than 230 countries’ statistical data.

UNESCO

UNESDOC

The UNESCO Digital Library is the repository of UNESCO’s institutional memory and a source of high-quality information on UNESCO’s activities in the fields of education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information with more than 350,000 documents dating back to 1945. It includes the various collections of the UNESCO Library and several documentation centres in UNESCO’s Field Offices and Institutes, as well as the UNESCO Archives. The essential purpose of the UNESCO Digital Library is to share knowledge and transmit it to future generations. The collection also include official UNESCO publications, speeches of the Director General from 1970 to present, documents of UNESCO’s Governing Bodies and other publications related to the activities of UNESCO.

UNESCO Statistics

Statistical database in the fields of education, culture, science, communication and sustainable development.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO deals with global regulation of trade. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as predictably and freely as possible. On this website users may find global trade rules, trade negotiations and WTO agreements. WTO is the successor of the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), so the documents of GATT are also available on this site.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The Agency was set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organization within the United Nations family. Its official documents, annual reports, information circulars (a kind of newsletter) and treaties are freely accessible on this website.

Documents of other international organizations

The documents of several other international organizations – that is the Inter-Parliamentary Union, OECD and The Council of Europe – are also available in the library.

Publications of OECD

OECD was launched in 1961 and Hungary gained membership in 1996. The organization’s main objective is to support the members’ activities in the fields of economy, trade and financial questions. The Library collects the official documents of the OECD as well as related literature.

OECD I-Library

The database is available only within authorized IP-ranges, i.e. full text documents are downloadable in the territory of an institution that has access. It provides country reports, statistics, monographs, research papers. The OECD Observer, the bi-monthly magazine of the organization is also accessible via this website.