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United Nations Documents

  • The Library has systematically collected UN (UN) documents from the inception in 1945 by subscribing to a service which issues microform copies of most of the official documents of the General Assembly, Secretariat, Security Council, its committees, and the agencies reporting directly to the U.N. organization.
  • Our collection numbers about 450,000 items, excepting U.N. sales documents, i.e. statistical and popular publications for mass distribution, or issued by "member organizations" such as the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UN Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), or the World Health Organization (WHO). Selected documents from these and other international organizations have been acquired and are included in the Library's circulating collection. Check URSUS.
  • Dag Hammerskjold Library (DHL), the official UN library, produces UNBIS, the joint catalog of the DHL and the UN Geneva Office Library. It includes some commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the DHL. Coverage:1979 to present.
  • Official Document System of the UN (ODS) search engine and full-text database  Resolutions of: General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council, 1946 onwards. All other types 1986 to present, with older  documents added daily. Product of the UN Publications Board. Partly duplicates UNBIS, described above.
  • UN Archives and Records Centre

  • UN Crime and Justice Information Network

  • UN Depository Library System - 400 worldwide. In the USA there are 47 official UN depositories. These libraries may be able to lend documents not available locally.

  • UN Publications. Catalog of publications for sale.

  • UN Scholar Workstation (Yale University)

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