All the data of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Documentation Centre and Library’s 30,000 online catalogue entries have been transferred during the last 12 months to UNESDOC, UNESCO’s online catalogue. Users can now either search for UIL holdings in UNESDOC – or widen their search to all UNESCO library holdings.
According to UIL, this makes the probably most comprehensive collection of materials on lifelong learning, adult learning and literacy from all over the world more visible, to a much larger global audience, through UNESDOC. Access to the new UIL online catalogue search interface is available via UIL’s Documentation Centre and Library website.
UNESCO started the cooperative cataloguing project in 1991, with the aim of having a single common access point to the online catalogue data of all participating UNESCO libraries, with unified cataloguing procedures. Underlining UNESCO’s aim to enable free and equitable access to relevant materials, UNESDOC increasingly provides free access to full-text documents. Most UNESCO documents are available full-text and in several UN languages.
In addition to the materials already available in the online catalogue, another 23,000 archive items (1951-1991) can be accessed in the Library’s Reading Room. The UIL Documentation Centre and Library also houses a special collection of more than 7,000 learning materials used in adult literacy, post literacy and out-of-school education from over 120 countries in more than 160 languages.