FAQ

What is the Peace Palace?

The Peace Palace in The Hague houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice and The Hague Academy of International Law. These institutions are supported by the Peace Palace Library of the Peace Palace. The Carnegie Foundation is the owner and manager of the Peace Palace.

Where is the Peace Palace Library?

The Peace Palace Library is located in the Library/Academy Building of the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. The address is: Peace Palace Library, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague, The Netherlands

Who uses the Peace Palace Library?

First and foremost, the Peace Palace Library is used by the institutions residing in the Peace Palace, namely the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and The Hague Academy of International Law. Secondly, the Peace Palace Library serves the international legal institutions in The Hague and the international legal community in general. Our individual users are legal professionals, members of the diplomatic corps, students and legal scholars from all over the world. Since the Peace Palace Library is a public library, we are also visited regularly by individuals who have an interest in international law.

What is the history of the Peace Palace Library?

When Andrew Carnegie decided to donate 1.5 million dollars to have the Peace Palace built, he insisted that room would be made available for a Standard Library on International Law. Since the Peace Palace first opened its doors on August 28, 1913, the Library has collected materials on public international law and private international law as well as publications on history, philosophy, diplomacy and international relations. In addition, the Peace Palace Library is also the holder of the largest collection of works by Hugo Grotius and numerous other special collections.

Who was Andrew Carnegie?

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a Scottish born, American industrialist who made a fortune in the steel industry and subsequently became a major international philanthropist. In 1901, he sold his business, the Carnegie Steel Company to J.P Morgan for $250 million dollars (now approximately $5 billion). He retired and decided to devote himself entirely to his philanthropic activities. Carnegie’s gifts come mainly under three headings: education, welfare and peace. His largest financial gifts were reserved for Libraries. He built a total of 2,509 libraries, mostly in Anglo-Saxon countries. Throughout his life, Carnegie spent over $55 million dollars on libraries alone and is therefore often referred to as the ‘Patron-Saint of Libraries’.

What Rules and Regulations Apply To The Digital Library?

Every individual Library Member can use the Peace Palace Library’s Online Content. The Peace Palace Library authorizes users and monitors usage. Consultation of digital resources for which the Peace Palace Library supplies the authentication is limited to individual personal research only. All usage for business and commercial goals is strictly forbidden.
Online Content is available on the reading room terminals and through remote access for Peace Palace Library Membership card holders. Username and password are strictly private. The Peace Palace Library does not allow Members to share the username and password with third parties.
It is forbidden to download excessive amounts of electronic documents. When detecting excessive downloading activities, one warning will be issued to the individual user. Ignoring this warning will result in sanctions. See Point 8
In case the Peace Palace Library will be prosecuted for abuse of the download-facilities by library users, the Peace Palace Library will trace the user responsible and keep them accountable for any damages. Changes made and other infringements on licensed digital resources by endusers harming the integrity of the data are illegal.