The Library of the United Nations University (UNU) is committed to providing reliable and high quality library and information services to assist and enhance the activities of the university. It is located in the headquarters building in Tokyo and manages collections & information resources development, library networking and consortia. The Library organizes instructional sessions in the use of its resources, and maintains the archives in support of research and postgraduate educational programmes throughout the UNU System.

Opening hours & closings

10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:30

Closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and UNU official holidays.

The Library is open to the general public under some conditions.

2019 Library Calendar | Library News



The Library collection comprises materials on subjects related to such UNU themes as peace, security and human rights; development governance; population and health; global change and sustainable development; science, technology and society; the UN system; as well as sustainability science. The UNU Library’s online public access catalogue for books, e-books, journals, e-journals, documents and other items is built as research and learning aids.

Online research resources

Electronic journals, OECDiLibrary, World Bank eLibrary, IMF eLibrary and other electronic resources are subscribed to for the UNU academic community. They are also made accessible in the Library through public computer terminals. Instruction sessions are organized to guide researchers and students in the use of subscribed electronic resources including research resources – UNBIS NetUN ODSTreaty Series Online and UN Statistical Databases.