European Documentation Centre

Since 1972, the library of the Europa-Institut has been one of 40 European Documentation Centers (EDC) in Germany. 

The EDCs

  • offer support for university and academic institutions in researching and teaching the European integration process
  • offer free access to the printed publications and databases of the European Union
  • is providing the users with assistance through literature search and information sourcing

Please ask our friendly library team for assistance.  

Europe Online

The EU institutions offer many databases and electronic document registers.

The EDC offers

  • free access to a lot of EU documents and to Commission Documents
  • a link list with European and Public International Law Related topics

Portal of the European Union

Europe at a glance

Summaries of the EU Legislation 

Policy areas of the European Union

European Sources Online (ESO)


Eur-Lex (access to EU law)  

PreLex (database on inter-institutional procedures)  

Eurostat (Statistics Database) 

Curia (Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union)  

OEIL (EP, Legislative Observatory)  

TED (Europe-wide public offers) 

Cordis (Research Information Service) 

Summaries of the EU Legislation 

Press Releases of the Commission (Rapid)

HUDOC (European Court of Human Rights)



Official documents from EU institutions 

Official Gazette 

Preparatory Acts (Com-Docs)  

European Commission Document Register 

Press Releases (Rapid) of the European Commission

The EU-Commission 2010 - 2014

The EU-Commission 1958 - 2004 

Releases of the Council of the European Union

European Parliament Hearings 

Documents of the Economic and Social Committees

Documents of the Committee of the Regions 

Documents and publications on European research and innovation activities

Moreover, the Europa-Institut offers a link list with European and Public International Law Related Topics.

Almost all publications of the European Union are held in the Central Library of the European Commission. The library was founded in 1958 and its collection provides both a historical and current overview of all aspects of European integration. Sources can be searched via the Central Library's Catalogue (ECLAS).

The European Library also facilitates access to materials from National Libraries all over Europe.

The virtual Library "Europeana" offers links to over 6 million digital media types, for example pictures, fotographs, texts, recordings and videos.

Library Opening Hours

Mo to Fri    9:00  -  20:00
Sat             11:00  -  17:00

For shorter opening hours see NEWS.


Bibliothek des Europa-Instituts
Europäisches Dokumentationszentrum
Universität des Saarlandes
Campus Gebäude B2 1
D-66123 Saarbrücken 

Tel.: +49 (0)681/302-2543 und -6695
Fax: +49 (0)681/302-6698