The collection and dissemination of information about nature conservation has been at the heart of IUCN since its founding in 1948, with the collections of the IUCN Library predating IUCN itself. The Library plays an important role in preserving the institutional memory of IUCN and in ensuring the scientific integrity in IUCN's work.
IUCN Library at Headquarters
The IUCN Library at Headquarters includes print copies of the publications, periodicals, unpublished reports and multimedia produced by IUCN, as well as thousands of other print titles.
We provide scholarly support to IUCN researchers and are working to expand open access to conservation knowledge.
History of the IUCN Library
From its founding in 1948, one of IUCN’s original objectives was to “collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information about the ‘Protection of Nature”’.