The Depository Library of the United Nations DL/62 was given to the University of Barcelona in April 1963. It was the first awarded awarded from the United Nations to a Spanish University.
The Library was placed in the Faculty of Law, where its head office remains today, thanks to the work of Dr. D. Manuel Díez de Velasco y Vallejo and Jose María Font i Rius, at the time professor of international law and dean of the law school respectively. Dr. Victoria Abellán Honrubia, Professor of International Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona, was in charge of the library at it’s founding.
Issue 4 of the journal “The News of the University Library of the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona” (“Noticiario de la Biblioteca Universitària de la Facultat de Dret de la Universitat de Barcelona”), which was published between 1963-1964, was dedicated to the United Nations Library. It included all the information about the awarding and some documents received at the beginning.
The volume of documentation and the thematic interest of the Library represents more than the legal framework and documentation centre for the investigation in the field of the Economic and Social Science.
From January, 2101 the Depositary Library joined the UB CRAI, and is located in the first floor of the Faculty of Law Library.
Documents and publications of the United Nations can be accessed by any users thanks to the Publications Commite of the United Nations, which has been awarding Depositary Libreries around the world since 1946 under the recomendations of the the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.
At present there are 405 Depositary Libraries in 146 countries. They receive the material and maintain the collection in good conditions. They are freely open to the public.
Depository Libraries follow the instructions of the United Nations, which establishes the rules for maintenance and cataloging.
The UNBISnet covers from 1979 to the present. However, older documents are being added to the catalogue on a regular basis thanks to retrospective conversion.
Link to the Depositary Library System of the United Nations:
The documents in the Depository Library are the following:
Official documents: documents from the different organs of the United Nations System.
Periodic publications, such as the United Nations Yearbook, Demographic Yearbook, the magazine UN Chronicle, the Yearbook of the International Law Commission, etcetera.
Treaty Series: the Library owns the important collection of international treaties created during the earlier League of Nations (1919-1946) (League of Nations Treaty Series); and the United Nations Treaty Series and Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary General.
The documents are classified under the rules of the United Nations and attending to each organ as follows:
1. United Nations Main Organs: General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretary-General, i Trusteeship Council. There are some important subsidiary organs that deserve its own classification. For example the Disarmament Committee, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) or the United Nations Depelovment Programe (UNDP).
2. International Treaties. Compliance includes, as a result, specific series of documents. As the documentation of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or the documentation concerning the United Nations System for the Human Rights Protection created by virtue of international treaties: Documents related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, International Pact about Civil and Politic Rights, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
3. Research and reports: some of them are the same of the official documents, but they have also been classified according to the organ that gives origin to them.
4. Periodical publications: includes all the periodical publications in alphabetical order (Annuaires, Statistics, Magazines, Bulletins, etcetera).