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NATO HQ Library

NATO Library is a specialised research library that serves NATO Staff, delegations, missions and external researchers. Our mission is to support NATO’s goals and objectives by making credible and timely public information resources and services available to NATO Headquarters.

NATO Library shares its space with The Archives Reading Room, so primary and secondary research materials about NATO, its activities, and its history can now be conveniently consulted in a single shared physical location in the home of the Alliance.


Library membership

Library membership is only available for the NATO HQ staff in Brussels. Library membership allows you to borrow items from the library - If you are a NATO HQ staff member, visit us to register and get your library membership card! 

With a membership card, you are able to take advantage of the following features once you sign up for an account via My Account:

- Borrow books and print journals
- Place holds for items
- Renew checked out items at any time
- Rate and review any item

- Save your search strategies
- Create custom title lists on a variety of topics



Our collection focuses on international relations, current world affairs, cyber and defence. We regularly add new topics related to NATO's mission such as artificial intelligence, climate change, management & leadership, and others. The NATO Library holds over 16,000 books, both print anelectronic, 32,000 articles, and subscribes to more than 150 journals.



Borrowing items from the Library

NATO staff working at HQ can borrow books for 1 month, journals and reference works for 1 week.

You can renew your loans for further periods unless they have been reserved by another user. Renewals can be done by either contacting the Library or via My Account (you will first need to sign up for an account if you don't already have one). 

When returning the items use the external book return cabinet. A book return cabinet is located outside of the library near the entrance.

If you are external researcher, you can borrow books from our collection through interlibrary loan service.