European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

Library and Documentation Service

  • Founded:

Established in 1976, CEDEFOP is the European Commission's institution dealing with vocational education and training (VET) systems in EU countries. The Cedefop Information and Documentation Service is a special library. Its collections are specialised on one main topic: vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union. Our principal objective is to select, acquire, process and disseminate a wide range of printed and electronic materials relevant to its target groups. Our information strategy is based on a decentralised approach reflected in the documentary information network with representatives from the 15 member States plus Norway and Iceland.

Countries served: 
European Union Member States
Library staff total: 
Parent organisation: 
European Commission


Books and documents: 


Periodicals p.a.: 


Annual growth: 

10% of Collection

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules: 


Classification System: 

In-house rules

Methods of Data Processing: 


Indexing Tool: 

European Training Thesaurus (ETT)

Database Software: 

ALEPH 18.2

Services and Special Activites

Information Services Provided: 

The main source of information is VET-Bib, Cedefop's bibliographic database, which contains references to published and electronic material (monographs, research reports, legislation, EU legislative documents, journal articles, grey literature, etc. at EU, international and national levels.
All documents referenced in the bibliographic database are available either in the Cedefop library or from the documentary information network libraries. In July 2011, the bibliographic database contained about 80,000 bibliographic records and the library collections amounted to 30,000. European Training Thesaurus Cedefop's indexing tool contains approximately 1500 descriptors in English and French, in the 2009 printed edition. More languages will be available online.

Special Activities: 

Evaluating current developments in the vocational education training field; which are predefined search strategies on current relevant topics, such skills needs, early recognition of skill requirements, lifelong learning, sectoral training, etc.; and the monthly new acquisitions list VET-Alert


CEDEFOP coordinates ReferNet, the European network of reference and expertise with members in all 27 EU countries plus Norway and Iceland.

Other Material

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services: 

Intensify dissemination of information, develop a communication and marketing strategy, develop user driven platforms

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks: 

To provide bibliographic information at the European level

Contact Information

Evropis 123
GR-57001 Thessaloniki

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 22427 - Finikas
GR-55102 Thessaloniki

Tel.: (+30-2310) 490 214
Fax.: (+30-2310) 490 043
Contact language: Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Maltese, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish

Contact Person

Mr. Marc Willem
Head of Information and Documentation Service

Head Person

Mr. James J. Calleja

Type of parent organisation

Regional Organization
Research Centre
Vocational Education Institute

Area of specialization

Adult education
Educational policy
Vocational education

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