Our collections

Our collections contain a range of current and historical materials, in analog and digital formats.

The IFRC Library holds a collection of published information, such as books and publications. 

 Major topics include: Disasters, Climates & Crisis, Health & Care, National Society Development, Inclusion, Protection & Engagement.​​​​​​

The IFRC Archives contains records created or received by the Secretariat of the IFRC.*

 Major topics covered include: IFRC Governance, Relief Operations & Programmes, Health, Nurses & Nursing Education, Blood Donations/Transfusions, Youth Red Cross, Centenary of the Red Cross (1963).

The IFRC Audio-Visual collection contains analog and digitized photos, films videos and sound recordings produced by the IFRC and in some cases, the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. For more information about IFRC audio-visual archives, click here.   

Books about the history of the IFRC

For further reading on the founding of the IFRC and its history, the following two books are available for purchase by contacting: souvenir.sales@ifrc.org 

 • Beyond conflict: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 1919-1994 Authors: Daphne Reid; Patrick F. Gilbo. 1997 (Available in English) Price CHF30.00 plus shipping costs

 • Henry Pomeroy Davison 1867-1922 Authors: Melanie Oppenheimer; Carolyn Collins. 2019 (Available in English, French, Spanish, or Arabic) Price CHF10.00 plus shipping costs

*The IFRC does not hold the archives of member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies nor of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).