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World Bank eLibrary

Publisher: World Bank

Type: Online books and reports

Content Overview

The World Bank is the world’s largest source of development knowledge and assistance. In support of its two ambitious goals— to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity—the World Bank Group conducts and publishes research on a broad range of global and regional issues.

The World Bank eLibrary is a value-added, subscription-based portal dedicated to all World Bank publications, research and knowledge since the 1990s. It is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of researchers and librarians. It is used by the world’s top academic institutions, government agencies, central banks, national libraries, think tanks, NGOs, and IGOs.

The World Bank eLibrary offers a variety of tools and added functionality, saving users valuable time. Special tools and conveniences include full text online (eliminating the need to download PDFs), chapter-level access, personalization, exporting to citation software, and MARC records for libraries. To see a brief overview video, click here.

The World Bank eLibrary contains approximately 15,000 books, chapters, reports, journals, working papers, and case studies. Content in the eLibrary is carefully curated to meet the highest academic and editorial standards. Users of eLibrary are assured full and immediate access to all academic research and scholarship published by the World Bank – the majority made available through Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY IGO) license.

Title Listing

To request a listing of all titles within the World Bank eLibrary, please contact onlineresources@worldbank.org. To browse all book series in the eLibrary, click here: https://elibrary.worldbank.org/page/wb-books  In addition to publications, the World Bank eLibrary also contains the Top 50+ World Development Indicators by country and region.  Our latest catalogues are available here:  https://issuu.com/world.bank.publications/docs/fall_2017_catalog

 

Open Access Content

In 2010, the World Bank launched its Open Data Initiative, providing free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe. Databases include World Development Indicators (WDI), and hundreds of data sets. To access the World Bank Open Data platform, click here. To view the World Bank Open Data Catalog, click here.

In addition, the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) provides free access to all World Bank publications since 2000. World Bank journal articles from the World Bank Research Observer and the World Bank Economic Review (published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Bank) appear after an 18-month embargo, and links to content published by commercial publishers appear after the publisher’s embargo.

The OKR is built on a repository platform that is inter-operable with other repositories. A comparison of features and content in the OKR vs. the eLibrary is available here: https://elibrary.worldbank.org/pb/assets/raw/staticpages/pdfs/World_Bank_eLib_vs_OKR_comparison_2017.pdf

Subject Strengths

Content in the World Bank eLibrary is focused on developing countries and poverty reduction. In additional to country- and regional-specific content, a broad range of topics are covered including:

  • Agricultre

  • Communities & Human Settlements

  • Conflict & Development

  • Culture & Development

  • Education

  • Energy

  • Environment

  • Finance & Financial Sector Development

  • Gender

  • Governance

  • Health, Nutrition & Population

  • Industry

  • Information & Communication Technologies

  • Infrastructure Economics & Finance

  • International Economics & Trade

  • Law & Development

  • Macroeconomics & Economic Growth

  • Poverty Reduction

  • Private Sector Development

  • Public Sector Development

  • Rural Development

  • Science & Technology Development

  • Social Development

  • Social Protections & Labor

  • Transport

  • Urban Development

  • Water Resources

  • Water Supply & Sanitation

Service Strengths

The World Bank eLibrary’s main strength is its many value-added features that are designed to help researchers find and use World Bank publications as quickly and easily as possible. Time-saving features include:

  • Full-text online with figure viewers for the most recent chapters, eliminating the need to download full book PDFs

  • Chapter-level access that take researchers straight to the content they are seeking

  • Key country and regional data from the World Development Indicators (WDI), with some dating back to 1960, within the same platform

  • Powerful full-text search with multiple filtering options

  • Citation exporting

  • ePub files for eBook readers and tablets

Useful features for librarians include:

  • Downloadable metadata and MARC records for easier indexing and cataloging

  • Self-service COUNTER reports and IP management

  • Athens and Shibboleth authentication

  • Institutional branding on the eLibrary home page

  • Open URLs

  • Indexing in major library search and discovery systems

  • Customer service, video tutorials, and training support (both online and via webinars)

Eligibility

Countries

Institutions in the following countries can register for access to World Bank eLibrary through the process below:

Registration and Access

Registration for World Bank eLibrary

Registration for World Bank eLibrary

Each developing country institution eligible for access is required to register their IP addresses in order to use World Bank eLibrary. 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 Information

Access by fixed, external IP address only.

Support/Help Contact

onlineresources@worldbank.org

Information for Librarians

Administration Information

IP Updates

Administrators may update their IPs directly from the World Bank eLibrary website as follows:

  • From the eLibrary Home page, log in with the Administrator user name and password while within your institution’s IP range.  If you do not remember your user name or password, please reset your password here or contact onlineresources@worldbank.org for assistance.

  • Once you are logged in as an Administrator, click on the name in the top right hand corner and your Account menu will be displayed.

  • Click on the Institutional Administration tab on the right and select IP Ranges.

  • You will see a list of the IP addresses currently registered for your institution.

  • To add an IP range, simply enter the name of your institution in the first box, enter the new IP range in the second box and click Add IP Range.

  • To update or correct an IP range, check the box to the left of the IP range, make the change, then go to the bottom of the page and click on Update Checked

  • To remove an IP range, check the box to the left of the IP range to be removed, go to the bottom of the page and click Delete IP Range.

Platform

Literatum (hosted by Atypon)

Publisher Newsletter Details

Visit the World Bank newsletter page to subscribe.

Usage Data Collection

Administrators may request usage statistics (COUNTER 4-compliant) directly from the World Bank eLibrary website as follows:

  • From the eLibrary Home page, log in with the Administrator user name and password while within your institution’s IP range.  If you do not remember your user name or password, please contact onlineresources@worldbank.org.

  • Once you are logged in as an Administrator, click on the name in the top right hand corner and your Account menu will be displayed.

  • Click on the Institutional Administration tab on the right and select Usage Data.

  • Select the reports you would like to receive.

  • Select the date range of the report.

  • Enter the e-mail address(es) to whom the report should be sent and click on Submit Request. The reports will be sent to the email addresses entered in the request within 24 hours.

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