Category Archives: EU Bookshop

Travelling in Europe 2017-18

Travelling in Europe
Pamphlet cover © European Commission

Travelling in Europe, a leaflet published by the EU,  has now been updated for 2017-18. It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of the continent.

Topics covered include:

  • Accessing healthcare
  • Driving
  • Money
  • Passenger rights
  • Pet passports
  • Using mobile phones
  • Schengen rules
  • Shopping
  • and much more…

You can download a free copy from the EU Bookshop or come and pick one up from the EDC in Taylor Library.

 

New EU Bookshop

EUBOOKIn June the EU Bookshop will become part of the EU Law and Publications portal.

 

The EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions. Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

Aberdeen University users can also find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo. Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.

 

 

 

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

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Brochure cover detail © EU Publications Office

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is described by the EU Publications Office as ‘a unique forum for consultation, dialogue and consensus between representatives from all the different sectors of organised civil society. ‘If you’d like to find out more, they have produced a 12-page brochure describing the EESC and what they do.

The EDC holds a number of publications from the EESC under the shelfmark EC 2-9 and the EU Bookshop is the place to go for all the most up to date EU publications.

DG Communication’s latest Publications Newsletter out now

p-u-nov-16The European Commission’s DG Communication department put together a monthly Publications Update so you can stay on top of the latest publications from the Citizen’s Information Unit. The November issue is out now and available here.

Some examples of publications highlighted in this issue are:

These and more are available online and in the Taylor Library‘s EC collection (just ask in the EDC!)

EU Bookshop now searchable through Primo

EUBOOKThe EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions. Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

If you are familiar with this resource then you may be aware that the site’s search facility can sometimes run a little slow. The good news is that you can now find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo. Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.

If you have any questions about Primo, the EU Bookshop or anything else library related, please get in touch with us by phone, email or in person.

Travelling in Europe 2016-17

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Pamphlet detail © European Commission

The latest edition of the European Commission pamphlet Travelling in Europe is out now. It contains practical information on a wealth of topics including:

  • Schengen

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    Pamphlet cover © European Commission
  • The Euro
  • Driving
  • Healthcare
  • Time-zones
  • Languages
  • Passenger rights
  • Using your mobile
  • Pet passports
  • and much more…

It also unfolds in to a map.

Download a free pdf copy from the EU bookshop or come and pick one up from the EDC in Taylor Library.

 

Need an EU Publication?

blurr flagIt used to be the case that the only way to see European Union documents was to come to an EDC such as the one here in the Taylor Library.

While our EDC still receives paper copies of reports, studies, journals and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects from the Publications Office of the European Union and welcomes visits in person, there has been a growing move towards producing freely available online publications as an alternative to providing paper copies. The Publications Office has a number of websites you may find useful:

  • EU Bookshop is an online library and bookshop of publications from EU Institutions and Agencies.

As those of you who have used it will know, the search option can be time consuming, but did you know, as an alternative you can use the British Library Catalogue search facility.

The British Library has taken data from the Publications Office and uses it in its catalogue allowing users to go directly to items on the Publications Office website. Just make sure you select the digital copy and click on “I want this”. This lets you opt to view the online copy.

  • EUR-Lex gives free access to EU law.

We have produced a short guide to help you use EUR-Lex.

See our earlier post from September last year.

  • Ted (Tenders Electronic Daily) is for European public procurement.
  • EU Whoiswho is the official directory of the European Union.
  • CORDIS (the Community Research and Development Information Service) is the public repository used to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results.

CORDIS produce the research*eu focus and results magazines which we have in paper in the EDC. You can find the latest issues on our recent publications shelves

The EU Open Data Portal


Visit the EU Open Data Portal
Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?

The EU Open Data Portal offers, a free, single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. In general you can reuse data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.

One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.

Useful leaflets about the EU Open Data Portal are available from the EU Bookshop: EU open data portal: The data hub of the European Union and Unleash the potential of your data with the EU open data portal.

Here’s a short explanatory video from the European Commission:

And you can click on the image below to have a look at an example of Open Data Portal reuse.

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Need an EU publication but can’t find it on Primo?

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© Copyright Emiliano and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The European Documentation Centre (EDC) in Taylor Library receives studies, reports, journals and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects from the Publications Office of the European Union as part of its contract with the European Commission.  All material received in hard copy is catalogued and added to Primo. However in addition to providing hard copies to EDCs the Publications Office also provides free access to material electronically via the EU Bookshop.

Increasingly, there is a move to electronic only publishing so there are thousands of titles freely available on the EU Bookshop which do not appear on Primo. Subjects include the economy, energy, the environment, law, trade and transport.

Check it out.

If however you still can’t find what you are looking for – do it the old fashioned way and visit us in person at the EDC Office and we’ll help you find the material you need.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

This free card is allows EU citizens to access state-provided healthcare while on holiday in the EU countries plus Iceland Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. That’s Social Europe‘s promotional video for it above.

A leaflet about this is available electronically from the EU Bookshop or can be picked up from the EDC office.

UK citizens can apply for the card for free by going here.

Beware of commercial sites that charge for providing the card.

An app containing lots of useful information on how to use the card and what it covers is available from the App Store (for iPhone owners), Google Play (for Android users) and the Windows Marketplace (for those with phones running Windows)