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Guide to Government Information

European Union Depository

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The UALR Ottenheimer Library is the only European Union (EU) depository in the State of Arkansas.

This unique status allows the Library to receive one copy of most EU publications. The official publications contain information ranging from policy developments in all sectors of EU activity to statistics on trade, demographics, agriculture, transportation, energy, and economic indicators. 

Locating publications from the European Union agencies

All European Union materials held in the UALR Ottenheimer Library can be searched through the online catalog.  Nearly all of the European Union collection is shelved using Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, and is interfiled with the circulating collection on the fourth and fifth floors. The periodicals are integrated with the serials collection on the third floor.  There are a few items listed as being part of the government documents vertical file on the third floor.  For assistance, please ask to speak to a research librarian at the main desk.

Of late, a steadily increasing number of European Union agency publications are only being released in electronic format. These can be searched and access through the EU Bookshop, the official website of the European Union Publications Office.

Recommended Websites for beginning your research

Europa: Gateway to the European Union - General information on how the EU works, what it does and how the budget is spent. Find facts, figures, graphs, slides on all aspects of the EU. Learn more about the treaties that lay down the ground rules for how the EU operates.

Council of the European Union - The Council is the main decision-making body of the Eruoepan Union.  Membership, news, votes, and numerous other pieces of information can be found on the home page.

European Parliament - The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 736 members are elected once every five years by voters right across the Member States of the European Union on behalf of its citizens. Parliament plays an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on the daily lives of its citizens. Parliament also has joint power with the Council over the annual budget of the European Union

The Court of Justice of the European Union - As part of its mission, the Court of Justice of the European Union: reviews the legality of the actions of the institutions of the European Union; ensures that Member States comply with obligations under the Treaties; and interprets European Union law at the request of the national courts and tribunals. The Court thus constitutes the judicial authority of the Euroepan Union and, in cooperation with the courts and tribunals of the Member States, it ensures the uniform application and interpretation of European Union law.   

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For more detailed assistance on researching the European Union, consult the European Union guide.