The main themes in the UNICEF IRC collection are inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Accordingly, the Library seeks to develop research collections that document the situation and the implementation of the rights of the child in the world. In the juridical area the emphasis lies on human rights and international instruments, juvenile justice and child protection. In the economic collection the main themes covered are development economics, socio-economic conditions in transitional countries, the situation of children in industrialized countries .
The collection also includes documents relating to pressing problems such as children involved in armed conflicts, child exploitation, as well as information on the activities of UNICEF IRC and official UNICEF HQ publications. The documentation is further enriched by material concerning the situation of women in the international context.
The criteria that guide collection development are: extensive coverage of the main research themes of UNICEF IRC, currency, UN official languages, access to main bibliographic information available in electronic format. In addition, specialized material may also be acquired to satisfy specific needs of current research
The UNICEF IRC catalogue contains more than 12,000 records, of which more than 3,000 (monographs and articles) relate to children's rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its implementation.
The IRC serials collection includes more than 200 titles, some produced by NGOs and other voluntary associations working with children.
The collection also holds UN/multilateral; academic; legal; case studies; country-specific and project-related documents and publications.
Most of the collections are kept on open shelves, immediately accessible for the users. Working languages are English, French and Spanish.
The on-line catalogue of the collection is for consultation only. No interlibrary-loan service is provided.