The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest political association of states and includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its 52 members are small states, many of them island nations. It is home to 2.4 billion citizens and over 60% of these are under the age of 30. Member states have no legal obligation to one another. Instead, they are united by language, history, culture, and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
The Commonwealth Secretariat’s publications are a key part of the organisation’s mission to work as a trusted partner for all Commonwealth people as a force for peace, democracy, equality and good governance; a catalyst for global consensus-building; and a source of assistance for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
- Public Service
- Law and Human Rights
Integrated platform enabling discovery of content across content types – books, periodicals, etc. - with full-text searching.
The Commonwealth iLibrary is the result of a partnership with OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) that has developed its iLibrary dissemination platform over numerous years. The Commonwealth Secretariat provides the content, OECD the proven infrastructure. The following guide concerns OECD iLibrary, and the same principles apply to discovering and accessing the Commonwealth’s titles;
Institutions in the following countries can register for access to Commonwealth iLibrary through the process below:
Registration and Access
Registration for Commonwealth iLibrary
Each developing country institution eligible for access is required to register. If you have not used this resource before you may need to check if your institution is registered and identify the contact person who has your access details. To do this, please go to the subscribed resources registration and select your country and institution.
Access by fixed, external IP address with username and password access for remote users.
Information for Librarians
Developed in partnership with OECD, and based on OECD iLibrary.
The site’s technology provider is Ingenta.