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United Nations Documents at the UNU Library

The UN Documentation Service, a joint initiative of both the United Nations Information Centre Tokyo and the UNU Library, was set up in April 2002 in the UNU Library. It continues to provide various documentation and information services to the public.

The unified collection of UN documents including General Assembly, Security Council and ECOSOC official documents since 1946 are accessible at the UN Documentation Service area. Other selected UN Documents are filed on the third and fourth floors of the UN Documents Rooms. All of them are filed according to the UN document symbols. For UN document symbols, please refer to the UN Documentation Research Guide prepared by the UN Dag Hammarskjold Library accessible at If you do not have document symbols of required documents, the following tools are provided.

Bibliographic Records: Catalogue of UN publications and documents from 1979;
Voting records: All resolutions which were adopted by the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983) and the Security Council beginning with its 1st year (1946);
Index to Speeches: Citations to speeches made in the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983-), the Security Council beginning with its 38th year (1983-), the Economic and Social Council beginning in 1983 and the Trusteeship Council beginning with its 15th special session (1982); are available on UNBIS Net (UN Bibliographic Information System).

The United Nations Official Documents System (ODS) is the electronic repository for official documents published by the United Nations. The full text of documents is accessible in PDF format in all official languages of the United Nations; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Documents are stored in two databases: United Nations documentation, with comprehensive coverage beginning in 1993 and selected earlier coverage, and United Nations resolutions, which includes the official records version of resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council since 1946. ODS is accessible at the ODS Web site.


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