For general information on the EU and for access to recent documents, use the links from the EU’s own server Europa. The internet is often the quickest and most effective tool for accessing current EU publications, as more and more material is made available in full text online. However, Europa can be difficult to navigate, and so you may find it easier to carry out an internet search using a search engine, such as Google. There is also a Google search box set up by EU4Journalists that you can use to search the 28 million pages on Europa.
European Documentation Centres are neutral collections of official publications of the European Union, which are open to the public, and usually housed in academic libraries. There are EDCs throughout the EU. EDC status entitles the host library to receive one copy free of charge of most significant publications and documents of the EU.
The print material which the Bodleian Library received in its capacity as an EDC (1963 - 2020) is available on the Ground Floor of the Bodleian Law Library.
The collection contains historical official publications of the European Union:
Legislation and law reports
Treaties, regulations, directives, decisions
Proposals for new legislation
Documents generated during the legislative process
European Parliament debates – now only on-line
The case law of the European Court of Justice
Commission reports on all aspects of the EU
Council reports on institutional matters
European Parliament reports
General statistics; economy and finance
Population and social conditions
Energy and industry
Agriculture, forestry and fishery
Services and transport
Journals and newsletters are filed at the end of each subject division.
Please click on the blue tab above called EDC shelf marks for further information on the subject arrangement.