IUCN Headquarters' Library

IUCN HQ library Photo: © Katherine Rewinkel El-Darwish

The IUCN Headquarters' Library is a unique repository of the publications, periodicals, unpublished reports and multimedia produced by IUCN, including its regional and country offices and its Commissions, from 1946 to the present. It also contains a select number of publications from related and Member organizations. The Library's collection includes the historical collection of the Office international pour la protection de la nature (1928-1955); it also inherited the collection of WWF (1960-1991). 

Additionally, the IUCN HQ Library serves as the main research library for IUCN Secretariat staff, holding over 16,000 non-IUCN titles (including journals and newsletters) on biodiversity, ecosystem management, protected areas, sustainable development and more. 

Search the IUCN HQ Library catalogue to see what we have!

The IUCN HQ Library is open to visitors. IUCN Secretariat staff, Commission members, individuals from Member organizations, and any students, researchers, or practitioners interested in environmental issues are welcome to visit the HQ Library. Please call or email in advance to arrange your visit. The Library will be closed from 19 June to 7 July 2017 due to renovations. It will reopen on Monday 10 July 2017.

The IUCN HQ Library is located at Rue Mauverney 28, 1196 Gland, Switzerland.

You can contact the librarian by email or by phone at +41 22 999 0136.

The IUCN HQ Library is in desperate need of assistance and is currently seeking volunteers to assist with various library- and metadata-related projects. Volunteers can work 4 hours per week for up to 3 months. If interested, please contact the Librarian. 

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