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Documentation Centre and Library 

With 63.000 books, documents and non-print media in the area of: 

  • Adult Education 
  • Literacy 
  • Non-formal Education 
  • and Lifelong Learning 
the Documentation Centre and Library of the UNESCO-Institute for Education is one of the most comprehensive collections of this kind worldwide. Started in 1952, the collection comprises today of about 60 % English language materials, followed by German, French, Spanish and a variety of other language publications. 

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UNESCO-Institute for Education 
Documentation Centre and Library 
Feldbrunnenstraße 58 
20148 Hamburg 
Tel:  Imke Behr, Librarian: 0049-40-448041-46 
Lisa Krolak, Head of Documentation Centre: 0049-40-448041-33 
Fax: 0049-404107723 
E-mail: uie-lib@unesco.org 
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User Information 

The Documentation Centre and Library is accessible during opening hours. Residents of Hamburg can borrow materials - except periodicals and reference materials - free of charge for four weeks. 
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Opening Hours 

Mon, Tue, Thu    9.30 - 12.30 a.m. and 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. 
Fri    9.30 - 12.30 a.m. 
Wed    closed 

You can find a location plan here.

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Online Catalogue 

The Documentation Centre catalogue, listing more than 14.000 materials since 1991, is accessible online. Older material can be accessed via a card catalogue in the Documentation Centre and Library.
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Special Collection 

The Documentation Centre holds a Special Collection of at present more than 7.000 sample learning materials used in adult literacy, post-literacy and out-of-school education from more than 120 countries in more than 160 languages. The Special Collection catalogue is accessible online.
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The Documentation Centre currently receives 200 educational and social science periodicals (journals, newsletters and magazines) from all over the world. 

You can find an alphabetical list of current titles here

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New Acquisitions 

The regularly published List of New Acquisitions informs about newly catalogued books, documents and articles available in the Documentation Centre. 
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Lifelong Education Bibliography 

The Lifelong Education Bibliography is published periodically to inform about publications on lifelong learning acquired by the Documentation Centre.


The UIE Documentation Centre and Library prepares tailor made bibliographies based on its collection, free of charge on request. Please have a look at the list.
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Collection of links to UN and UNESCO institutes, literacy institutes and resources, educational statistics and bibliographical references and catalogues. 
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The UIE Documentation Centre coordinates ALADIN, the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network. ALADIN connects more than 100 documentation centres focusing on adult learning worldwide. 
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