To address this need the European Documentation Centre (EDC) network was established in 1963. EDCs could be set up on request in any member state, or candidate state, and were usually hosted by Higher Education Institutions.
The University of Glasgow EDC was established in 1964, nearly a decade before the UK itself gained entry to the EEC. For 50 years the University Library has been a repository for European legislation, statistics and case law. As a result the University of Glasgow European Documentation centre is the largest source of European information in the West of Scotland and one of the largest in the United Kingdom.
The Library also has an extensive Council of Europe collection which is the most comprehensive of its kind in the country and includes all major reports and policy statements issued by the Council and the judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
The EEC has since become the European Union (EU) but the core functions of EDCs remain to provide:-
- access to official EU publications and documents (on-line and print)
- help finding detailed information on European law, integration, policies and institutions
- training for students on EU-related fact-finding and research
EDC staff will be present at the Europe Day event this coming Friday 9th May in George Square. Come along and say hello!
For further information on EDC material feel free to contact the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on level 7 of the library.