FAQ Catalogue Search

What are e-Journals?

E-journals are electronic journals, also known as online journals or fulltext journals. These can be browsed, read, saved as a PDF file on your laptop or USB, send to your email-address or printed from the work stations inside the Reading Room of the Library.

How do I find an e-Journal?

We recommend you consult the Library's e-Journal page in the menu under Collections. In particular, the top 200 list of e-Journals will be of interest. To search for e-Journals, you may also use our Catalogue. PPL Discovery allows you to apply filters to refine your search. On the results page, please select from the left column the option 'Format'. This option will enable you to limit your search results to a particular format including material types. From here, please check the box 'eJournals/eMagazine' or the box 'eBooks'. WorldCat will now show you all electronic resources available in the collection of the Peace Palace Library. From here, please click on the blue button 'Access eJournal' or 'View Ebook' to view the full text. In case the blue button does not appear or the link does not work or you're experiencing difficulties accessing an online journal, please report this problem to the Service Desk in the Reading Room or contact us by sending an email to library@peacepalace.org.

How can I read a journal online?

After finding the online journal of your choice in the Library Catalogue or on the Library's e-Journal Page, please click on the blue button 'Access Journal', which takes you to the fulltext. You can also click the title the journal and then click on the blue button 'Access Journal'. In case there is no blue button or link to click on or you're experiencing difficulties accessing an online journal, please report this problem to the Service Desk in the Reading Room or contact us by sending an email to library@peacepalace.org.

What rules and regulations apply with regards 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.
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.

How do I access the full text of my article or e-Book?

Once you have found an electronic article or E-Book of your choice on the results page, please click on the title of the article or E-book or directly on the blue button 'Access Journal' or 'View E-Book' to view the full text of the publication. If you click on the title of the publication first, you will be taken to the next page from where you can click on the blue button 'Access Journal' or 'View E-Book'. In case the link does not work or the full text does not appear, please contact the Services Desk in the Reading Room or send us an email at library@peacepalace.org. Please make sure to include in your message the title of the article and the name of the author.

Why can't I access the fulltext of an electronic journal?

Online journals are only available to Library users with an annual membership. In case you're not a member of the Peace Palace Library or if you have purchased a one day membership, online journals from Kluwer, Hein Online, Oxford and other electronic resources can only be viewed from inside the Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library.

My search results were not relevant to my search. What should I do?

If you are finding that results do not fit your search, we recommend you use the 'Advanced Search' option. You may need to adjust your search strategies by selecting options such as keywords, titles, authors, subject, language or a combination of these options. At times, you may occasionally need to search the Library's specialist databases to access electronic resources not yet available through the Catalogue.

Are the Library's electronic resources compatible with all internet browsers?

We expect the vast majority of all electronic resources that the Peace Palace Library subscribes to will be compatible with most internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera etc. The Library webteam and the Law Librarians regularly test access to the e-resources the Library provides to ensure smooth and easy access over the Internet via your browser. For this reason, we do not expect any serious problems. In case you're encountering a problem with a particular resource that might be browser-related, we do recommend to try another browser. For further assistance, please contact us at library@peacepalace.org.

Can I use the Catalogue to ONLY search for (E)Books, or (E)Journals?

Yes. To search ONLY for (E)Books or (E)Journals in the Catalogue you can limit your "Format" on the left column on the results page of WorldCat Discovery by clicking the box 'Book' or/and 'Journal' or E-Book or/and Downloadable Article. The results page will then show (E)Books or (E) journals only or both.

How many electronic resources (articles or e-Books) can I download?

Downloading and printing materials from the Digital Library is covered by Dutch copyright laws and license terms of database vendors. Excessive downloading is strictly prohibited. For this reason, we kindly request all users to download materials in moderation. Downloading or printing entire issues or volumes of an online Journal or every Recueil de Cours is not permitted. Different rules may apply for online databases. We recommend users to consult the (license) terms and conditions for each online database. The Library webteam monitors user activity. In the event that the webteam detects systematic or excessive downloading activities, we will have to take appropriate measures. For more information, please also read the Library Regulations under 8.

How does the Peace Palace Library ensure the privacy of its members?

The Peace Palace Library and the Carnegie Foundation process personal information and other data in accordance with applicable legislation. On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force. This means that from this date onwards the same privacy legislation will apply to all Member States of the European Union. The Dutch name for the GDPR is: Algemene verordening gegevensbescherming (AVG). We consider it of great important to handle your personal data with the utmost care. Please find detailed information on how we handle your personal data, which rules apply and what you can expect from us in our Privacy Statement. In case you have questions related to privacy issues please contact us at: privacy@peacepalace.org.