8 & 10 Avenue, 43 Street, Los Yoses
San José, Costa Rica
P.O. Box: 6906-1000 San José
Phone: (506) 2527-1600
Fax: (506) 2225-2741
Founded in 1981, the Joint Library is in charge of providing the information services to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, and the national and international researchers on the field.
Its collection represents the compromise of acquiring and preserving material related to the current work of both institutions.
To acquire, analyze, and organize information regarding judicial matters, using the most vanguard bibliographical and informational tools available in the market, so that the consultant and supplying function of the Information Center can facilitate its users access to these sources.
To turn the Joint Library into an Information Center with a solid technical authority whose primary function is to give advice and information to the employees of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and to the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, in a way that directly contributes to the best performance of their duties so that they can make decisions in a knowledgeable and timely manner within a frame of excellence.
A collection of specialized documents on human rights, international law and various branches of law.
A collection of records of proceedings and documents of the Organization of American States, the United Nations and Recueil des Cours, among others.
Access to a specialized database with complete articles (Westlaw, V-lex, Oxford).
Paper documents scanned and converted into PDF, TIFF and DOC format.
In-house loans of library material for review.
Agreement for Inter-library loans with other institutions.
Resolution for specialized consultations, bibliographical searches and guidance for users.
Guided visits and training on how to use the library services.
Emails containing news and informational alerts on new library acquisitions.
Group study room and cubicles for individual study with wireless internet access (WIFI) and computers for raised text, internet use and preparing power point presentations.
Virtual access to the Library catalog, chat for answering inquiries quickly and IP Skype calls.
Selective dissemination of information.