Carmen Lapacó Library

The library brings together and shares publications on human rights, consisting of more than 15,000 records, including books, journals, videos and posters. It is a thematic collection compiled since the institution’s beginnings through donations, exchanges and bibliographic research and is being continuously updated. Because of the thematic specialization of its catalogue, the diversity of places of origin from which its publications are sourced and the timeframe covered, the CELS library is a reference source for diverse types of research into human rights.


Private Collections

Bernardo Verbitsky Collection
A collection of books on Argentine and Latin American history, noteworthy among which is a bibliography written by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Mariano Moreno and Juan Bautista Alberdi, as well as biographies of Manuel Belgrano, Juan Manuel de Rosas and José de San Martín. We are grateful for the donation from his son, Horacio Verbitsky.

Rodolfo Mattarollo Collection
This collection is part of the private library of Rodolfo Mattarollo, distinguished activist and human rights defense lawyer, professor and Argentina’s ambassador to Haiti. The works in the collection mainly cover international law and human rights themes and international humanitarian law. It also includes a collection of criminal codes. We are grateful to his family for donating this collection to our institution, which complements the collection available for consultation at the Obispo Angelelli Library in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti.



The library is free and open to the public at our offices (Piedras 547, piso 1, C1070AAK, Buenos Aires, Argentina), from Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Loans are made only for the day upon presentation of personal ID.

Queries regarding the availability of a volume or requests for a thematic search can also be made by completing this form. The catalogues of videos, CDs and DVDs and posters of the human rights movement may also be viewed.

Donations and Exchanges
The Carmen Lapacó Library makes donations and exchanges publications with schools, universities, associations and social organizations.

For this type of arrangement, please email [email protected].