What is the purpose of the United Nations Depository Libraries Programme and the participating libraries?
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2021
The UN Depository Library Programme was established in 1947 with the purpose of making UN information accessible to researchers, policymakers and citizens around the world.
UN depository libraries are in a position to direct and advise researchers, policymakers, civil society groups, and the public on where to find UN information and data, and how to use numerous print and online resources, research tools, and databases. This enhances the understanding of the work and activities of the UN and the global issues that can only be addressed through international cooperation.
UN depository libraries have the opportunity to inform national policy-making and national implementation of globally agreed programmes of action, including the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Many UN depository libraries are located at major research institutions and can ensure that UN-generated knowledge reaches researchers, is studied and analyzed, and integrated into scholarly work.
UN depository libraries maintain historical collections of UN materials and make these materials available to all. This facilitates the study of materials that are not yet digital.
Multiple collections of UN materials in locations around the world also help to preserve the UN’s intellectual heritage and the historical record of its work.
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