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The collection includes the texts of all adopted and proposed EU legislation, judgments of the European Court of Justice, research and statistical material and a mass of background and explanatory publications.

We also hold other material including:

  • relevant material from inter-governmental organisations; such as the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • information on the activities of pan-European organisations such as the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
  • UK official publications, including the reports of the House of Lords European Union Committee
  • journals and newspapers
  • reference publications and textbooks.


The EDC is divided into two distinct collections:

Core collection

Intended to help users find information quickly and easily. The collection consists of four sections:

  • reference information: a selection of European reference sources, including texts of the EU Treaties, key statistics, directories, glossaries of abbreviations and acronyms, guides to sources of funding, and a range of encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • country information: information sources on European regions, EU Member States and other European countries, including Wales
  • basic information: up-to-date introductory information sources on the institutions and activities of the EU, arranged by subject
  • journals: more than forty academic journals with a European Union dimension.

Research collection

The material in the research collection is useful for more specialist research and is arranged on the shelves by organisation:

  • European Commission
  • other EU institutions and agencies
  • European organisations
  • UK organisations.

Finding materials

All journals and series held in the EDC, all items in the core collection, and selected items in the research collection are catalogued and can be traced on LibrarySearch.

If you need assistance finding resources, or for help tracing uncatalogued material, please ask the EDC staff who will be happy to help.

Borrowing resources

The material in the EDC is for use in the Centre only and cannot be borrowed. Books, journals and documents can be photocopied according to current copyright regulations.

Lending copies of textbooks, journals and other material in heavy demand may be available in other Cardiff University Libraries and can be traced on LibrarySearch.