IUCN Headquarters' Library

IUCN HQ Library

The IUCN Headquarters' Library is a unique repository of the publications, periodicals, unpublished reports and multimedia produced by IUCN, including its regional and country offices and its Commissions, from 1946 to the present.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!

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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. Please note that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IUCN Library will be closed to public visitors until further notice. 

The IUCN HQ Library is located in the IUCN Conservation Centre, Rue Mauverney 28, 1196 Gland, Switzerland.

In case of any questions, you can the contact the librarian by email.

The IUCN HQ Library is in 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. We welcome volunteers from any background, but they should have a keen interest in library/information work. If interested, please contact the Librarian. 

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