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The DRC is a reference library and its documentary resources can be consulted at the Centre. It offers an information and documentation service, undertakes bibliographical research and disseminates the results of ECML projects.


  • The John Trim Collection - details on the collection and information on Mr. John Trim.
  • Collection related to ECML activities - nearly 4 200 catalogued resources
  • Collection of publications from the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe - comprises all key reference publications, reports and studies.

The documentation and resource centre specialises in the methodology of language education (language didactics). The collection includes resources connected to ECML activities, reference works published by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe and the John Trim collection, a unique collection which includes material covering 35 years of the Council of Europe's work in the field of modern languages.

The DRC is a reference library and its documentary resources can be consulted at the Centre. It offers an information and documentation service, undertakes bibliographical research and disseminates the results of ECML projects.

Reference library containing some 7 200 resources on language teaching and learning, with a personalised information and documentation service for users.


The ECML was created on the 8th April 1994 as an Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe. The ECML's Statute stipulates that "The Centre shall set up a documentation centre providing specialists and multipliers with a wide range of teaching aids and results of research". This documentation and resource centre was set up in 1995.


  • To provide access to ECML resources for experts involved in ECML projects, as well as interested institutions and individual users;

  • To support the production of publications resulting from projects by co-ordinating their dissemination.


  • Participants in ECML activities;
  • Professionals and future professionals in the field of language teaching and learning: teachers, teacher educators, inspectors, researchers, educationalists, textbook authors, curriculum developers, language policy experts, students;
  • Educational structures (at all levels and in all languages): schools, universities, institutions, associations working in modern languages, language resource centres, specialised libraries.


DRC collections

The DRC contains three collections:

Acquisition policy:

Acquisitions are based on the topics in the ECML's programmes of activities. The co-ordination teams of the Centre's various projects can suggest relevant resources which are then used by participants during workshops in Graz and made available to any other interested party.


  • Public access reference library.
  • Personal welcome for individual users and visiting groups (group visits should be arranged in advance). A visit to the documentation and resource centre can form part of an official visit to the ECML.
  • Processing orders of ECML publications and CD-Roms. When ordering, please indicate the desired titles, required quantity and delivery address.
  • Sending of ECML publications/Cd-Roms (see list of publications
  • Sending of general information on the Council of Europe
  • Personalised information and documentation service:
    documentary assistance for students and young researchers (for example those working on dissertations or theses). Our documentalist and our trainee would be happy to help you in your research.
  • Bibliographical research on request.
  • A computer with internet connection is available for users, who are also welcome to use their own computer in the DRC.

Access to the DRC

The DRC is open to experts, researchers and students in the area of language education, and to anyone interested in the ECML's activities.

Webcat online catalogue

Webcat contains the archives of all Council of Europe libraries since 1989.

Rules of the DRC

Role and opening hours of the DRC, conditions of use, loans.

DRC information leaflet

A concise introduction to the DRC: English - French

In addition to its reference library focusing on the methodology of language education visitors to the ECML can access the following special collections:

European Language Portfolios

The Council of Europe introduced the European Language Portfolio as a means of helping language learners to keep track of their language learning as it happens and to record their achievements and experience of using other languages and encountering other cultures. The ELP aims to foster the development of learner autonomy, intercultural awareness and plurilingualism. The ECML resource centre hosts a collection of over 80 ELPs validated by the Council of Europe, probably the largest collection in existence.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used throughout Europe but also in other continents – a collection of the CEFR in 39 languages, together with supporting publications and materials, is hosted in the ECML resource centre.

The John Trim Collection

The collection, consisting of over 3000 resources, reflects John Trim’s groundbreaking work with the Council Europe on language education between 1971 – 97. Under John’s guidance the Council of Europe’s work became the single most influential factor in the reforms in course design, textbook authorship, testing and examinations, and teacher training that occurred throughout Europe. Among many highlights of the collection are the studies related to the development of the Threshold Levels and the Common European Framework of Reference. The collection represents a potential treasure trove for researchers!