WCC Library and Archives
The origins of the WCC Library and Archives go back to 1946, two years before the actual founding of the World Council of Churches, when Dr Visser’t Hooft, the first General Secretary, launched the idea of an ecumenical library which would serve as a centre for ecumenical study and research, as well as preserving the historical memory of the ecumenical movement.
This remains the mission of the WCC Library and Archives today. They serve the needs of the students, faculty and staff of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, and the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva as well as those of researchers from all around the world. They are open to the public and consultation is free of charge.
In 2012, the WCC Library consolidated and united its collections at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey and, the following year, the WCC Archives moved in the newly arranged "Espace Archives", located in the west wing of the former Library premises in the backyard of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva.
The WCC Library holds about 100,000 print volumes including 900 specialized periodicals, while also offering access to various electronic resources in the field of religious and ecumenical studies, like online databases, e-journals and e-books.
The Library is open on weekdays from 8.30 to 17.30.
The WCC Archives keeps some 2,000 linear meters of archival documents, or 18,000 archives boxes, 500,000 photographs (negatives, slides and prints), 3,000 sound tapes and 1,000 videos and films.
The reading room is open on appointment, on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
The WCC Librarian and Archivists are most happy and ready to answer your requests and to provide assistance with your research.