WCC Archives and Library

The WCC Archives and Library form the institutional and historical memory of the World Council of Churches and the modern ecumenical movement. They ensure for future generations a long-term access to this unique and invaluable documentary resource and ecumenical heritage, while furthering ecumenical research and education locally and globally.

WCC archives are moving!

Some parts of the collections stored in the Ecumenical Centre may be inaccessible, please get in contact directly with the archivist and/or the librarian: [email protected] or [email protected]

Since their foundation, the WCC Archives and Library have had as their mission to serve as a place for ecumenical study and research and to preserve the historical memory of the ecumenical movement. They provide information resources on the history of ecumenism from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today, to students, faculty, researchers, WCC staff, and visitors, thus furthering ecumenical theological education and research on site and globally.

The WCC Archives, housed at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, preserves the records of the World Council of Churches as well as of various other ecumenical organizations or movements and of personal papers of ecumenical personalities. The collection contains paper documents, photographs, sound tapes, films and videos, representing some 2,000 running meters.

The WCC Library, housed at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, holds about 100,000 volumes and 900 periodicals, constituting a unique collection on ecumenism and the history of the ecumenical movement, as well as further collections in areas such as biblical hermeneutics, social ethics, missiology, contextual theology, and interfaith dialogue.

The inventories of WCC archives are currently migrated to a brand new system.

Please contact the archivist for more information: [email protected] 

Search the WCC Library catalogue

The WCC Library shares its online catalogue with the network of Swiss academic libraries SLSP.

The documents of the WCC Library have the mention "WCC Bossey" for their location.

Digital archive of WCC documents

Stored on the Internet Archive platform, several digitized collections like Assembly reports, Executive and Central Committee reports and minutes, Faith and Order Papers, or Journals are freely available.

Collections of documents (Brill)

World Council of Churches: Dialogue with People of Living Faiths

Collection of documents related to the program of WCC supporting interreligious multi-lateral and bi-lateral dialogue with partners of different faiths.


World War II Era Records of the World Council of Churches

Collection of documents from a section of the World Council of Churches Archives, dealing with Germany and fifteen other countries during the period 1932-1957.


World Council of Churches: Relations with the Roman Catholic Church

This collection makes available a section of the ecumenical archives covering the period 1948-1992.


Online access to the full text is available from the WCC computer network

Online resources provided by the WCC Library

Search for databases


Search for online journals


Search for e-books


Search for WCC publications and official WCC documents and statements online

WCC Programme to Combat Racism (JSTOR)

Collection of digitized documents of the WCC Programme to Combat Racism, available on the JSTOR platform.


Online access to the full text is available from the WCC computer network


Conditions of use

Researchers are kindly requested to read and follow the Archives Rules, fill in and sign the Archives inscription form and send it two weeks in advance of a planned visit to [email protected]:

  • Consultation follows the Archives Rules (Feb. 2012) and is only upon request and appointment. It is free of charge.
  • Access to archival documents is open 20 years after file closure. In case of preponderant interests, the embargo period may be longer.
  • Any user who asks for access to records during an embargo period is requested to submit a written request to the archivists of WCC, explaining the research purpose and specifying in as detailed and precise a way as possible the records or documents whose disclosure he or she requests.
  • Consultation takes place exclusively in the reading room.
  • Ordering is limited to three units (boxes).
  • Users are not allowed to access the repositories except when accompanied by the staff or under explicit authorization.
  • Use of personal devices, such as cameras (without flash),  is generally allowed but needs previous authorization of the staff.
  • The archivists help and guide the user to start the search. Any other services carried out by the archivists, such as search and documentation on request and reproduction of documents, are subject to the search and reproduction fee as specified in the Archival Fees.
  • Use of archival sources has to be acknowledged by quoting the source "Archives of the World Council of Churches" or "WCC Archives," and in case of reproduction of a document as an image, "by permission of World Council of Churches," and by indicating the exact archival reference number.

Archives Rules (pdf)

Archival Fees (pdf)

Inscription Form (word)



  • The WCC Library (located at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey) is part of SLSP, the network of Swiss academic libraries. The Library is open to the public on appointment and for consultation only.
  • Loan is restricted to the students and faculty of the Institute, WCC staff, and the staff of ecumenical sister organizations based in the Ecumenical Centre. Exceptions may apply.
  • Loan period: 28 days, renewable three times, if the document is not requested by another user. For each renewal of the loan period (after 28 days), the users need to notify the Library. The loan period for teaching staff and Ph.D. students enrolled at Bossey is one semester, maximum.
  • Number of items per loan: max. 20 (40 for teaching staff and Ph.D. students enrolled at Bossey). Documents in the Archives, as well as reference works, periodicals, and dissertations, are not available for loan.
  • Documents from Bossey can be delivered free of charge to the Ecumenical Centre within one week, if requested by WCC staff, staff of ecumenical sister organizations based in the Ecumenical Centre, and Archives users (only for consultation in that case).

Archives of the World Council of Churches

Anne-Emmanuelle Tankam, archivist

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +41 (0) 22 791 62 74

Opening hours: on appointment


Ecumenical Centre,

1 Route des Morillons

1218 Grand Saconnex



The WCC Archives are located at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. Take the bus Nr. 5 operating between Geneva main station Cornavin and Geneva Airport until bus stop Crêts de Morillon. Go to the main reception and ask for the archivist.


Library of the World Council of Churches

Pedro Nari, librarian

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +41 (0) 22 960 73 96

Opening hours: on appointment for external visitors. Usual presence of the librarian: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.


Ecumenical Institute

Château de Bossey

Ch. Chenevière 2

CH-1279 Bogis-Bossey



Bossey map and directions

By public transport:

From the central train station in Geneva or Lausanne, take a regional train to the stations in Coppet or Nyon. From there, using the same ticket, change to the local bus (TPN 811) and get off at the stop "Céligny, village." It is about a 15 minute walk to the Institute; just follow the signs for the "Château de Bossey-Institut oecuménique".

By car:

Coming from Geneva or Lausanne via motorway A1:

Get off at exit Coppet-Divonne, direction Chavannes-de-Bogis. Drive through the village, turn right following the signpost "Château de Bossey-Institut oecuménique." Follow the signs for about 2km to the Château de Bossey.

Coming from Geneva via the lake road:

Drive through Versoix and Coppet. Take the left turn from the lake road for Céligny. At the village centre, follow the sign for "Château de Bossey-Institut oecuménique" to the left. Then turn left again for the Château de Bossey.