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Collection Management at the UNOG Library

The Library’s collections consist of the United Nations and Specialized Agencies Collections and the collection of externally published materials.

United Nations and Specialized Agencies Collections

The United Nations documents collection comprises a documentary record of the activities of the Organization. Documents and publications issued by major organs, subsidiary bodies, funds and programmes of the United Nations, documents of the conferences and preparatory/interim bodies as well as project reports are permanently kept in the six official languages of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).

The Specialized Agencies Collection comprises selected publications and parliamentary documentation of the specialized agencies and related bodies (FAO, IAEA, IBRD, IMF, ILO, UNESCO etc.).

Collection of externally published materials

The collection of externally published materials comprises books, serials and electronic resources supporting the programmes and activities of the Organization: international law, international relations, political science, humanitarian affairs, human rights, disarmament, economic and social development etc.

Materials are assembled with the aim of achieving a balance of national and linguistic coverage, as well as representing different points of view.

In addition to acquired book collections, the Library regularly receives official documents and gazettes from Governments as well as documents and publications from intergovernmental organizations outside the United Nations system such as the Organization of American States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Organization of African Unity and the European Union.

Books are permanently kept.

Serials are retained based on level of usage, reference value, historical significance, topical interest, multilingual balance, etc.

Retention schedules are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Collection Management Committee. Serial retention schedules are reflected in the Library’s official cataloguing records.

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