European Documentation Centre


European Documentation Centres (EDCs) make up a network of information centres established by the European Union in 1963 to support study, teaching and research at university level. In the United Kingdom, EDCs were established in the 1970’s, following the UK’s membership of the European Community. They are sited in universities to provide easy access to European Union documentation for academic staff and students and they are supported in this by the European Commission. There are over 40 EDCs in the United Kingdom, with two in Wales – here at Aberystwyth and at Cardiff University.
EDCs can help you to find information on the following subjects:

  • European law
  • European policies and institutions
  • European integration

Location and Access

The European Documentation Centre at Aberystwyth can be found in on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library. It can be used by both staff and students of AU and anyone requiring information on the European Union.

All materials in the EDC are added to the library catalogue Primo and have the prefix EDC followed by the classmark KW. They are available for reference purposes only.

The EDC at Aberystwyth was established later than most – in 1996, but it is based on the European Reference Centre which had been in existence since the 1970s. There is access to legislative texts, reports and statistics on a whole range of topics relating to the European Union and European integration.

Official documents available include:

More and more European information is now available electronically, much of it freely available on the Internet, such as:

  • European Sources Online
    This provides information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders.
  • Europa
    This is the official European Union server. It is a vital resource for anyone studying European Union affairs. It includes the full text of a large number of official EU documents, daily news briefings, links to the home pages of all the EU institutions and much more.
  • EUR-Lex
    This provides free public access to European Union law. It contains the full text of consolidated treaties and all legislation in force. It also has the full text of all the Official Journal C and L series for the last 45 days.
  • PreLex
    This site allows you to trace the progress of EU legislative proposals and initiatives.
  • Summaries of EU Legislation
    This is a summary of the main legislative measures and procedures for each of the activities of the European Union.
  • European Court of Justice (CURIA) 
    This provides the full text of proceedings of the Court of Justice and Court of First Instance and Staff Cases from June 1997 onwards, as well as press releases of important decisions.
  • EU Bookshop
    This provides a single access point for the various publications of the European instututions, agencies and other bodies.
  • EU News
    This is a news service and monthly archive providing details of the activities of the European Commission and of the other Community institutions. It includes the archive of the Bulletin of the European Union which ended in 2009. The EDC holds print copies to the end of 2005.
  • Fact Sheets on the European Union
    A range of fact sheets available to read online or download in PDF format.


Contacts and Help

Anita Saycell
(01970 62) 1867