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The Documentation Centre of the FSG is open to the public and offers on site consultation services to any person interested in undertaking research related to the Roma community.

Users of services

Access to repositories and services is free. This way, in addition to internal users of the FSG, the Documentation Centre attracts external users with various profiles.

The Centre receives students from schools, universities and professional training centres who use our resources for their coursework. The bulk of requests is for general or introductory information on the history and culture of the Roma people, both in Spain and the rest of the world. Other users include teachers, social workers and educators, whose consultations are rather oriented to obtaining support materials to work with the Roma population in situation of disadvantage in the formal educational field. We regularly receive requests for support documentation to develop literacy activities and to fight against early school leaving, as well as materials to work with their students from an intercultural perspective and to promote mutual respect among different cultures.

The Documentation centre also provides support to academia: a large number of university researchers and students in fields such as sociology, anthropology, education and social work, among others, come to us to obtain resources in the elaboration of studies, theses or dissertations. These users of our centre are far more specialised and already have been acquainted with Roma-related themes and issues. They tend to centre their consultations on questions of gender, equal treatment, discrimination, social image, employment, education and social exclusion, among others. We regularly receive requests from students of universities in other countries who are fascinated by Roma culture and seek documentary sources to undertake their research.

Finally, a series of Roma associations and NGOs, local and regional administrations as well as central government agencies, and international organisations request bibliographical sources on various themes as well as access to our newspaper library.

We also frequently receive visits from anonymous persons who, out of personal interest, contact us to obtain information and resources on particular aspects of the Roma culture.

On site consultation

The Documentation Centre is located in Madrid, in the headquarters of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (C/ Ahijones, s/n., 28018).

Opening times (by appointment):

  • Monday and Wednesday: 8.00 to 15.00
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30 to 15.00 // 16.00 to 18.30
  • Friday: 8.30 to 14.30

Contact information:

  • Telephone: (+34) 914 22 09 60 (ext.270)

Lending service

This service is exclusive to the workers of the FSG. Workers of the FSG outside of Madrid must channel their requests through their coordinators.

External users are all welcome to consult our resources on site by appointment.

Virtual consultations can also be made through this link.