UNESCO Education UIL

European Commission Library and e-Resources

European Commission (Directorate General Education and Culture)

Established in 1958, library collections are built on the holdings of the ECSC High Authority, EURATOM and the EEC/EU, and include official EU publications, publications from intergovernmental organizations, commercial, academic and government publications, and selected periodical articles. Coverage: European integration, policy objectives and activities of EU institutions; material on EU Member States; specialist publications on subjects falling within EU remit. ECLAS provides complete coverage from 1978. About 12,000 titles fall within the field of education, of those between 1000 and 2000 are specific to the field of adult literacy/learning. The Central Library co-ordinates a network of libraries/information centres in Directorates General.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Adult literacy , Citizenship education, Civil society, Culture, Economic and social development, Education, Educational policy, International cooperation

User Profile:

Officials of the European Commission; Other EU institutions & agencies; The Central Library is also open to specialists and researchers worldwide (lawyers, diplomats, civil servants, teachers, university students, etc.) who wish to consult holdings on European integration.

Contact Information


European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre VM 18 4/Salle
B-1049 Brussels

+32 2 295 29 76
+32 2 296 11 49
Online catalogue:
Contact person:
European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
European Commission
Jean Herdies, Head of Unit – Library and e-Resources Centre
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, French


Books and Documents:
about 600 000 titles
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
about 7000 online
Multimedia materials:
about 1400 titles
some studies; grey literature; learning materials

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

ECLAS, the Commission libraries union catalogue, is freely available on the Internet. Logged in users can save their searches, create SDI profiles and alerts for new additions to the catalogue. Selected articles can be found on:
For historical research, the original card catalogues can be consulted in situ. ECLAS now includes URLs with single-click access to electronic documents. Certain documents are only available in electronic form. Copyright and licensing restrictions may apply to some full text resources.

Publications Produced

Annual reports; acquisitions lists; quarterly bibliographies; library guides.

RSS feedshttp://ec.europa.eu/libraries/whatweoffer/newacquisition/index_fr.htm

Special Activities

Preliminary bibliographical research in response to requests for information. Guidance on creating SDI profiles and alerts. Some abstracts are added to bibliographical descriptions of holdings. Virtual reference collection (http://ec.europa.eu/eclas/F/?func=file&file_name=bookmarks-eulaw); periodicals; on-line documents; websites.