About United Nations iLibrary

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About United Nations iLibrary

The United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.

It provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, students, policy makers, influencers and the general public with a single digital destination for seamlessly accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs. 

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. 

Every year around 500 new titles are planned to be added to United Nations iLibrary. 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

  • These publications are now available online in the single research repository. Content is organised by series title, publication year and alphabetically; and search and discovery of complete publications or even their components – chapters and articles – is a click away. The content is accessible in different formats – PDF and READ – to meet users’ needs, whether for reading on a mobile device, sharing with peers via social networks or integrating content in a report. See a overview of content by title and agency (as of September 2019 - PDF) currently available online.

    United Nations iLibrary has been developed in partnership with OECD Publishing and the OECD iLibrary. In case of questions about the service please email us at [email protected]. All questions about content should be addressed to [email protected].

    More Information about United Nations iLibrary

  • Download a brochure (PDF) detailing the United Nations iLibrary service.
  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about UN iLibrary

  • Reviews

  • 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).
  • Content and Access for all

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

  • Universities and research organisations
  • Businesses and private sector
  • Government and public administrations
  • Non-governmental organisations and think tanks
  • Libraries
  • Legal and Financial Services

  • Most content is available to access in PDF format for subscribers, more recent content is also offered in ePub format and HTML; and full READ access for all users by clicking the READ icon. READ editions are optimised for mobile devices and can be read online wherever there is an internet connection - desktop computer, tablets or smart phones. They are also shareable and can easily be embedded.

    Content items (October 2020):

  • 8 235 ebook titles
  • 120 820 chapters
  • 8 010 articles 
  • 415 series
  • 3 databases
  • Subscription Information

    Full access to United Nations iLibrary is offered as an annual subscription covering access to all content in all formats available on the site. Only one subscription product is offered. 

    Single publications are available for sale via the UN Bookshop and BUY THIS BOOK links are provided from the publication pages on UN iLibrary.

    Benefits of a subscription:

  • Enables institution-wide access via IP authentication and/or username/password login
  • Unlimited number of concurrent institutional users
  • Perpetual access to subscribed content
  • Usage monitoring with standardized COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
  • Institution-wide content discovery with provided bibliographic records in MARC21 XML format
  • Self-managed administration of subscription account settings

  • Any institution interested in subscribing should consult the nearest OECD sales contact for further information:

  • North America -  Iain Williamson
  • Central and South America -  Ivonne López
  • Asia -  Shinobu Takahashi
  • German-speaking and Russian-speaking countries -  Marina Meurer
  • Northern and Eastern Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, India and French-speaking countries -  Michel Guinand
  • Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australasia -  James Kitchen
  • 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.

    One of the purposes of the United Nations as reflected in the Charter of the United Nations is to "achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion."

    The United Nations employs a variety of subject matter experts who create knowledge products to advance these goals. These products include books, statistical databases, and other digital resources comprising facts and expertise on international peace and security, human rights, gender issues, economic and social development, international trade, climate change, international law, governance, public health, transportation, and statistics.  Publications include time sensitive reports that capture the state of the global economy and welfare of people and the planet. Scholars, information specialists, policymakers and influencers are primary audiences for the United Nations publications.

    In the 70 years since the founding of the United Nations, the scope of the United Nations has greatly expanded and its knowledge products have diversified beyond books on paper. 

    All proceeds from United Nations publications and related products support the work of the United Nations. 

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

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