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Purpose of the Court Library

The Library’s core function is to support the judicial and administrative activities of the members and staff of the Court. In responding to the various research demands the Library develops its collection in human rights, legislation of AU member States, relevant case law, international law, comparative law,  constitutional and public law. It also serves as a specialised library focusing on writings on human and peoples' rights and welcomes other user communities to exploit its resources.

The functions of the library include:

  1. Acquiring, organising and avail legal materials, especially serials (print and electronic format) that require in-depth analysis of subject matter, provision of original bibliographic description and classification ; Organising the continuous production of a full range of library services, including the use of electronic document servers, external databases and other networked resources, as well as users services at the library desk ; Evaluate adequacy of existing reference tools for bibliographic description ; Advise other units and departments seeking expertise in content organisation and data ; Guide, coach, train and supervise staff that may be assigned in the function ;
  2. Carrying out periodic user surveys to establish the ever-changing needs of the users.


Vision of the library

To be a center of excellence of information resources on the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and all other applicable African and applicable international human rights instruments.

Mission of the Library

Founded on the central importance of knowledge and information to the practice of law, the library exists to provide efficient library and information services to the AfCHPR. It supports the judicial activities and legal endeavors of the Judges, Legal Officers, staff of the Court and approved external users.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday : 8 am to 5pm: Open
Weekends , Tanzanian  Public Holidays and African Union holidays: Closed

The Library Online Catalogue shall be available on the website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will allow users to search the electronic database of books and links to electronic journals (e-journals) and electronic books (e-books).


  1. Main Users : Judges and staff of the African Court
  2. Guest Users : Students, researchers, representatives of parties in cases before the Court, members and staff of other organs of the African Union, representatives of non-governmental and civil society organisations. These users can access the library during the opening hours by appointment three days (3) in advance.


The Library Collection

The library collection includes:

  • Professional texts
  • Professional and scholarly journals
  • Reference collection (biographies, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, prospectuses, catalogues, annual reports etc.)
  • Regional and international dailies (General)
  • Regional and international journals (General)
  • Electronic Journals
  • Electronic Books
  • Selected Audio Visual materials (CD, DVD, VHS)
  • Journals (hard copies and electronic journals)
  • Theses and other academic works in the area of Human Rights


Technical Information in brief

  • Type of Library: International Judiciary Library
  • Language coverage : English, French, Portuguese, and Arabic
  • Library management software in use : Koha
  • Cataloguing Format : Marc 21
  • Cataloguing Rules : Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 2nd ed.
  • Classification system in use : Library of Congress Classification System  (LoC)
  • Thesaurus : Internal
  • Floor area : 154 square metres, one floor


General Information
Phone:+255-27 2970430

Physical Address
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conservation Centre
Dodoma Road
P.O. Box 6274 Arusha, TANZANIA