European Documentation Centre

The Albert Sloman library was designated a European Documentation Centre (EDC) in 1976. As a 'selective' EDC, it receives the major publications of the European Union together with a selection of official publications related to the University of Essex's main research interests. It does not receive all of the material published by the European Union.

Guide to The Albert Sloman Library European Documentation Centre


Members of the University and the local community have access to the material in the EDC, although members of the public should contact the EDC librarian before visiting the library to ensure the material they require is available. They should also sign the visitors book on arrival at the library. The Library opening hours can be found at

You can check our EDC holdings by using The Library Catalogue and the European Documentation Centre is located on floor 4, arranged under classmark J 280-J 299.

For specialist subject support for the European Documentation Center, please contact the Subject Librarian, Ai Gooch by email via

Selected Major EU Websites & Search Tools

Eurlex: EU Legal Information Portal
Summaries of EU Legislation
ECLAS: European Commission Library Catalogue
European Sources Online

Websites and Portals

European Commission
The European Commission Representation in the UK
European Parliament
Council of the European Union
European Court of Justice & the Court of the First Instance
European Central Bank
Europe Direct
How do I find EU Legislation?
How do I find EU Case-Law?
The EU Legislative Process
EU Related Web Portals and Links
European Consumer Centre for Services


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