Dag Hammarskjöld Library

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides research and information services to support the participation of Member States at the United Nations. Located at UN Headquarters in New York, the Library primarily serves delegates of Permanent Missions and UN Secretariat staff by providing access to thousands of print and digital resources, such as books, newspapers, e-journals, and e-books that cover all geographic regions and languages. As an integral part of the UN Organization, the Library also aids in the dissemination of UN information to the wider public through online services, and a global depository library network. It collaborates with other UN libraries to make UN knowledge widely accessible.

The planning of a library at UN Headquarters began with the planning of the United Nations itself.  The General Assembly “Recognized that the central role of the Library as a vital tool for delegations and for the Secretariat in the execution of their tasks would, if properly implemented, ensure the creation of a highly specialized international library of unique character (A/4231).”

Library services began at the United Nations in 1946 and in 1959, with the help of a grant from the Ford Foundation, construction of a new library building began in New York to replace the former Library’s inadequate space.  On 16 November 1961, shortly after the death of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, the newly completed building was named the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, in honour of his commitment to the creation of a beautiful and modern space for the Library.

The library offers a number of resources for researchers, librarians and students, including research guides on various topics, digital collections, frequently asked questions and information on UN depository libraries around the world.

For more information visit https://library.un.org/.