The WHO Library is the world’s leading library on public health. It provides access to knowledge from WHO as well as to other sources of scientific literature produced around the world. WHO Library resources and expertise also provide scientific evidence and knowledge to low- and middle- income countries through a set of low-cost/high-use initiatives.
Networks and partnerships are an essential component in ensuring that our global initiatives reach a world-wide audience. Using a suite of collaborative tools, librarians and information specialists have a close understanding of country realities and needs. This helps keep focus on adequate and cost-effective information and knowledge sharing solutions.
The WHO Library holds and stores all the published information produced by WHO, including proceedings of the World Health Assembly and Executive Board, monographs, periodicals, unpublished technical documents, press releases, fact sheets and administrative documents of the governing bodies. With rare exceptions (in particular unpublished technical documents), outside visitors are able to consult on the spot, immediately after their creation, all the library collections published and issued, even in the case of documents less than 20 years old.
A reference librarian is available for all onsite enquiries and any research assistance. Only WHO staff may borrow certain documents.
Visitors need to make an appointment to use the library.
Monday to Friday: