A unique tool for everyone working with torture and related topics. Here you can find materials on torture, which you would otherwise have to look for in databases covering only one field such as e.g. medicine, psychology or social science. Furthermore, the database provides references to reports, newsletters, articles from small journals, pictures, movies and recordings. These are materials which are not recorded in any other database. The database includes references to more than 30,000 documents of various types.

The library is open to the public, and services are free of charge. Remote users are welcome to contact the library with requests for literature and information. Loan of books from the collection is limited, but the library is willing to assist users by providing photocopies of articles, reports etc., within the framework of existing copyright regulations.


The library was officially opened on 1 October 1987. Since its begining it has been a goal of DIGNITY to disseminate existing knowledge about torture, its consequences and the means to rehabilitate persons that have been tortured. The most essential objective of the estabilished database is to provide a joint, updated bibliographical portal to the international literature on torture, regardless of subject and branch of science.


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