In 1991 the Council of the University of Malta approved the Statute creating the Institute for European Studies, previously known as the European Documentation and Research Centre (EDRC), at the University of Malta, incorporating within it the European Documentation Centre. The Institute of European Studies’s main objective is to encourage the study of European integration and co-operation and by hosting the EDC it ensures that the University Community and the general public have access to the legislation and documentation produced by the European Union. It forms part of Europe Direct, a free information service on the EU. Find our more about Europe Direct and EDCs.
The EDC was originally set up at the University of Malta in the early 1970s, soon after Malta had concluded an Association Agreement with the European Economic Community (1970) and it is the only EDC in Malta.
As of 1997 a large amount of information on the activities of the EU is available online. The contacts and links to the institutions, news and other information relating to the European Union are situated on the left.
The EDC receives all of the main publications of the institutions and agencies of the European Union. However in recent years the distribution of these documents by Brussels has become more selective. Of late, the EDC has been investing in books and now boasts of a sizeable collection of monographs on titles related to European politics, economics, law, international relations, climate change and research methods, amongst others.
The library is situated in the Institute for European Studies and is open to all. However members of the public should contact us on +356 2340 3386 before visiting the library to ensure that the material required is available. Questions and requests can be submitted by email.
As of 2011, lists of new books and publications received are sent out to the EDC's contact network, detailing the title and a short summary of each new book or publication. Also, books and other important publications present in the EDC are catalogued in the UM's HyDi catalogue.