CAIRO: United Nations Publications is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations iLibrary (http://www.un-ilibrary.org), the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations.
Available from February 2016, the United Nations iLibrary provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, policy makers and the general public with a single online destination for seamlessly accessing knowledge products created by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.
To begin with, United Nations iLibrary includes publications, journals and series comprising facts and expertise on international peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, climate change, international law, governance, public health, and statistics. In future releases, the platform will also provide access to other resources such as working papers series and statistical databases.
The United Nations iLibrary is optimized for use on both desktop and mobile devices, allowing all users to read, share and embed United Nations content. Premium functionality and downloadable editions are available as part of a subscription service.
At launch, United Nations iLibrary comprises 750 titles in English, and 250 in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. This initial scope covers most of the content published under the United Nations Publications banner between 2013 and 2015. A scope of around 3,000 titles is expected to be available by the end of 2016, corresponding to most titles published between 2010 and 2015.
The content of the United Nations iLibrary will be regularly updated with approximately 500 new titles published every year on the key topics reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.
The United Nations iLibrary was created in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) using its highly functional online library platform, which 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. Subscribers also benefit from a range of enhanced discovery services, including provision of MARC records, and COUNTER compliant usage reports.
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