In 1990, the European Commission granted the status of European Documentation Centre (EDC) to a special organisational unit at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana with the aim of supporting the efficient dissemination of information on the European integration process. Together with other Information Centres and EDCs for Slovenia it facilitates researchers and students to find reliable information about the European Union.
Since that time EDC Ljubljana has received, stored, processed, and offered for use integral documentation on the decisions of EU bodies (European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Economic and Social Committee, and the European Court of Justice), along with publications of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Dublin), and other documents.
All material is formally processed in accordance with international cataloguing principles, indexed according to the Eurovoc Thesaurus and accessible via the COBISS - Slovene Virtual Library system. From as early as 1990 the centre has been connected online with numerous databases of the European Commission in Luxembourg. These mainly consist of legal, journalistic, bibliographic, and statistical databases and others related to the fields of research and development. Some of these databases are not open to the public, and users are therefore required to apply when making thematic and retrospective enquiries.
In 1996, EDC established a local computer network that enhanced the accessibility of the materials available in the centre as well as access by Internet to the servers of the European Union. This network has made it possible for users to search and browse the CD-ROMs provided by the EDC and the public access databases on the Internet. The 21 research fields include scientific research and information, education and culture (subdivided into documentation, education, politics and culture). During the first five years of its existence the Centre operated as a specialised EDC and in 1995 it was promoted to the status of "Full EDC".