Library and Information Networks for Knowledge

About us

WHO

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 Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS)

The Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS) is the digital library of WHO’s published material and technical information in full text produced since 1948. Its content is freely accessible and searchable in the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian & Spanish).

HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme

HINARI is the world’s largest collection of online biomedical and health literature.

This public-private partnership provides free access to more than 25,000 online information resources to health institutions in low- and middle- income countries.

Since 2002, HINARI has benefited many thousands of health workers, researchers, educators and policy makers contributing to improved world health.

The Global Index Medicus (GIM)

The Global Index Medicus (GIM) provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low- and middle- income countries. The main objective is to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources.

The material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information.

Library and Information Networks for Knowledge


Highlights on our global initiatives

HINARI wins the Medical Library Association 2015 Louise M. Darling medal for outstanding health science collection

29 May 2015 -In Austin, Texas (May 18th 2015) the Medical Library Association announced that the HINARI programme has received the 2015 Louise Darling Medal for Collection Development in the Health Sciences. Launched in 2002, the HINARI Access to Research in Health programme is managed by the World Health Organization in partnership with Yale University Library and over 160 publishers. More than 5,600 public institutions in over 100 eligible countries have access to HINARI which provides access to 14, 000 journals and 33,000 e-books. Moreover, Kimberly Parker, the HINARI Programme Manager received the T. Mark Hodges International Service Award in recognition for her work on HINARI done for the World Health Organization.


Contact Us

Library and Information Networks for Knowledge
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Tel.: +41(0)22 791 2062
Fax: +41(0)22 791 4150