Official documents are each assigned a unique symbol by which they can be identified. For example, the UN Document symbol:

S / RES / 1244 (1999)

would refer to the Security Council Resolution no. 1244, adopted in the year 1999.

For a detailed overview, refer to this guide to the UN Document Symbols on the Dag Hammarskjöld Library's website.


If you already know the UN Document Symbol, a quick way to access a document is to add the symbol after the following url:

For example:

(Note: This will not work for some older documents that have not yet been scanned.)

On the catalogue

Most official records and sales publications prior to 2005 can be found by searching for a title on the National Library catalogue. Many of these are serial publications, so you will need to pay attention to the holdings list to see which years and issues are held in the collection.

Search tip: Browse UN documents in the Library Catalogue using an author search by UN body. Some examples are:
 Security Council
 General Assembly
 Economic and Social Council

Print Indexes

The library also holds a number of published print indexes to assist in searching for official records, prior to 2005:

Index to Official Documents

United Nations documents index 1950-1973

UNDEX. United Nations document index

UNDOC, current index : United Nations documents index 1979-1996
United Nations documents index 1998-2007

Index to Proceedings of the:

General Assembly 1950-2009
Security Council 1964-2009
Economic and Social Council 1952-2008
Trusteeship Council 1952-1993

Index to Resolutions of the:

Security Council 1946-1991
Economic and Social Council 1946-1970
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 1947-1978

Index to Sales publications:

The Complete Reference Guide to United Nations Sales Publications 1946-1978


Front cover image of procedure of the UN Security Council

Loraine Sievers & Sam Daws The procedure of the UN Security Council 2014,

Explains the Council's role in its wider UN Charter context with detailed analysis of voting and decision-taking. Updates are provided on the publisher's website.


Most Official Documents can be accessed online, either via the Official Document System, or through the UN Library. Here are some useful links to help access these:

Not sure where to start?