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NATO Multimedia Library

Collections | Visiting the Multimedia Library | Interlibrary loans | Multimedia Library publications | Opening hours | To contact us | Staff | Stay Informed!


The Multimedia Library holds over 18,000 books and subscribes to 155 journals. The collection focuses on international relations, security and defense, military questions and current world affairs.

Not only books are catalogued and indexed, but also more than 24,000 individual articles in journals. You can search for them in our online catalog.

The Multimedia Library also holds an extensive collection of photo and video material taken by free-lance photographers and cameramen for which NATO has sole copyright.

Visiting the Multimedia Library

  • Books and journals

    The Multimedia Library essentially serves in-house staff.

    Visitors are permitted to consult the Library holdings with prior authorization. They must first download the form (.DOC), fill it out describing the subject and the purpose of their research (thesis, paper etc.) and send it via e-mail to the NATO Librarian (multilib@hq.nato.int)

    The review procedure requires two weeks on average. Once granted, Library access is allowed for a period of six months, after which an application for an extension has to be filed.

    Visitors may borrow books only through their local library. Please click here for more details.

  • Audiovisual material

    Photo and video material is available to recognised members of the press and media and for educational purposes. Please note that NATO requires a credit mention should you make use of its images.

    Visitors wishing to consult audiovisual material should first contact the Multimedia Library by e-mail or phone (+32(0)2 707 4541).

Interlibrary loans

All the books described in the Library Catalog are available for interlibrary loan (ILL). The only exception are items marked with 'Type : REF', which have to be consulted on the premises.

You can place ILL requests by e-mail or by phone ( +32(0)2 707 4414).

ILL is provided to you free of charge. Items have to be returned by registered mail within one month.

We only lend books to other libraries. As an individual please place your request through your own local library.

Photocopies of journal articles are provided free of charge within certain limitations (reasonable amount of pages, non-availability in other major libraries etc.). Please contact the Multimedia Library to ensure your request can be dealt with.

Multimedia Library publications

Acquisitions Lists : published every month, they list the latest books received by the Multimedia Library and include journal articles on NATO-related topics.

Backgrounders : they are published on an irregular basis in response to international events relevant to NATO.

Thematic Bibliographies : they are published approximately ten times a year. Each issue is devoted to a particular topic and presents books and journal articles relevant to the subject at hand.

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Opening hours

Monday - Thursday : 10 am to 5 pm
Friday : 10 am to 4 pm

To contact us


Isabel Fernandez, Librarian
Jeanine Willo, Assistant (Library)
Celeste Palmer-Eloot, Assistant (Audiovisual material)