About UN iLibrary

Welcome to a faster, simpler UN iLibraryNew features include:  

Find things easily with a cleaner Home PageCatch up quickly with faster loading timesOptimized search with content filter by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Explore content with a simple dropdown navigation menuInterface in all 6 UN official languagesUpgraded eReader for a better onliane reading experience

The United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.Initially launched in 2015, the UN iLibrary was updated in December 2020 to incorporate new features such as an interface in all six official UN languages and a search feature by Sustainable Development Goals. 

United Nations iLibrary offers an extensive list of features that deliver flexibility, speed, and efficiency such as intuitive navigation, integrated search results, granular content, citation tool, DOI identification, and multilingual content.  

United Nations iLibrary offers wide ranging research and knowledge to a variety of audiences: 

  • Universities and research organizations 

  • Businesses and private sector 

  • Government and public administrations 

  • Non-governmental organizations and think tanks 

  • Libraries 

  • Legal and Financial Services 


There are approximately 9000 titles included in the UN iLibraryEvery year around 500 new titles are added to the collection,approximately 70% of which are in English and cover the following topics: 

  • Agriculture Rural Development and Forestry 

  • Children and Youth 

  • Democracy and Governance 

  • Disarmament 

  • Drugs, Crime and Terrorism 

  • Economic and Social Development 

  • Environment and Climate Change 

  • Human Rights and Refugees 

  • Human Settlements and Urban Issues 

  • International Law and Justice 
  • International Trade and Finance 

  • Migration 

  • Natural Resources, Water and Energy 

  • Peacekeeping and Security 

  • Population and Demography 

  • Public Health 

  • Transportation and Public Safety 

  • United Nations 

  • Women and Gender Issues 

Content is organized by series title, publication year and alphabetically. Search and discovery of complete publications or even their components – chapters and articles – is a click away. The content is accessible in different formats – PDFePub, accessible ePub and READER –whether for reading on a mobile device, sharing with peers via social networks or integrating content in a report.  

All questions about content should be addressed to ilibrary[at]un.org. 

The award-winning UN iLibrary platform has been reviewed and praised by many reputable industry publications. 

  • LibraryJournal (August 2018) - ‘’A treasure for anyone interested in current and world affairs.’’ Read the full review. 

  • ccAdvisor 2019 (Choice Magazine) - “…the UN iLibrary collection is the most comprehensive, centrally located repository of the UN’s digital publications, offering better discoverability of their content.’’ Read the full review (PDF). 

  • United Nations iLibrary received Choice Magazine's annual Outstanding Academic Title award for 2019. View the award certificate (PDF). 

  • The Authority File (October 2023) - a Choice podcast featured a four part series about UN Publications. Listen to it here


About United Nations Publications 
United Nations Publications promotes the work and knowledge of the United Nations through marketing, sales and distribution of publications, data and merchandise.All proceeds from the sale of United Nations publications and related products support the work of the United Nations.  

For more information about the United Nations Publications please visit:  shop.un.org  


About United Nations 
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. For more information about the United Nations please visit: un.org. 

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error