The World Bank is an international financial institution which operates for the benefit of its 188 member countries. It aims to reduce poverty, support development and provide financial assistance to poorer countries through its reconstruction and development activities. The World Bank is also the world's largest funder of education, biodiversity projects, water supply and sanitation projects, and the fight against HIV/AIDs.
The World Bank eLibrary is the World Bank's authoritative online collection of 9,000+ ebooks, reports, journals and working papers on international development and economics. As a research platform, the World Bank eLibrary is focused on the unique needs of library, research and academic communities, and offers added value through its functionality, ease of use, and time-saving tools, such as MARC records, full-text and metadata search functionality, and personal user accounts for long-term research. The World Bank eLibrary is used by the world's top academic institutions, international and governmental agencies, think-tanks, multinational corporations, and NGOs.
The World Bank eLibrary supports research across a range of topics, including:
The World Bank eLibrary contains all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank since the 1990s, including:
All content is available immediately upon release with no embargoes. In addition, all World Bank published content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, allowing users the greatest flexibility to use, reuse, and share content from the World Bank eLibrary.
In 2012, the World Bank launched the Open Knowledge Repository in support of its open access policy to improve access to World Bank research.
All World Bank eLibrary content is hosted on elibrary.worldbank.org. Content is provided as PDFs with no DRM restrictions. Access is gained via any compatible browser and PDF reader, and does not require any installation of software.
eDatabases: Databases are available as an annual subscription.
Annual rental fee: Access is granted for 12 months only. For some databases, perpetual access may be granted after 6 or 10 consecutive rental years, as shown in the information under each database.
Access is gained by IP authentication. Access is also supported through Shibboleth and Athens.
This product is COUNTER compliant.
Usage statistics can be generated by the library. Usage statistics are also readily available on request to CoInfo.
Discovery and Linking
MARC records are available from the publisher at no cost.
Content is discoverable on Serials Solutions Summon, Ex Libris Primo and OCLC WorldCat.
A sample licence agreement, customisable for each institution, is available upon request.
A free 30-day trial is available. Please contact us to set up a trial or confirm your order.
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