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Library and research services


The Library and Research Service is a public resource offering over 140,000 documents on international humanitarian law, humanitarian work and ICRC activities. The documents take a range of forms – books, periodicals, videos, photos and CD-ROMs. 


Online catalogue


 IHL bibliography

The quarterly ICRC International Humanitarian Law Bibliography lists references to English and French publications on international humanitarian law. The bibliography is based on books and other material in the ICRC library.



New acquisitions

This list presents the latest additions to the library’s collection of books and articles. 


Selected themes through the archives and the library


 The ICRC and the Iran-Iraq war: The ICRC Library digs up the Annual Reports



 Unnumbered ICRC Circulars 1952-1954: “Replies of the ICRC to requests for information on the Geneva Conventions and cognate questions”


Other resources


Preparatory documents on Geneva Conventions now available online

Two years after the ICRC started its project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions, readers can now access individual preparatory documents online. These texts provide a deeper understanding of the Conventions themselves.

As part of the project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC library's priority has been to ensure digital access to documents preparatory to the Geneva Conventions. This work covers the following:

  •     the Diplomatic Conference of 1929;
  •     the International Red Cross Conferences in Tokyo (1934) and London (1938);
  •     preparatory documents drawn up by the National Societies in 1946, and by government experts in 1947;
  •     the International Red Cross Conference held in Stockholm in 1948;
  •     the Diplomatic Conference of 1949.

The documents can now be found in the ICRC library’s catalogue.

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