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The ESCWA Library was established in 1974. Its mission is to provide information resources relevant to the work programme as set by the member States of the Commission.

The library provides information resources to internal and external patrons, and access to the library resources of a network of United Nations regional commissions and agencies, and universities in the region. It also contributes to the preservation, organization, dissemination and marketing of ESCWA intellectual production.

Library Collection: The library stores printed and electronic materials, mainly in English and Arabic, on the socioeconomic development of ESCWA member States. Subjects include: sustainable development, climate change, food security, globalization, trade, women, gender, youth, social welfare, child labour, social justice, the Arab uprisings, conflict, and statistics. They include ESCWA publications and documents, and material produced elsewhere in the United Nations system. 

The print collection is composed of ESCWA documents, United Nations publications, reference and other books, annuals, periodicals, and national publications and statistical abstracts of ESCWA member States.

The library subscribes to electronic resources such as full-text journals, eBooks, abstract and citation databases and statistical databases. Access to most is via IP address. The library also acquires CD-ROMs and DVDs and provides access to free electronic resources.

The online library catalogue includes the library’s bibliographical records and provides bibliographic data and subject analysis of various information resources, thereby facilitating access to and retrieval of materials.

Library services:

The library offers a range of services.

  • Ask a Librarian:

You can contact the library with queries or make an appointment to visit in person by phone (+961 (0)1 978204 or +961 (0)1 978207) or email (

  • Library Research Data Services

- Discovery & Access: assisting in discovering, accessing, and acquiring different types of research materials, including data. 

- Data Organization & Management: helping staff to understand, develop and apply strategies for organizing and managing their data.

  • Learning and development zone:

The learning and development zone includes materials on language learning, interpersonal skills, culture, United Nations culture, computer science, and travel.

            ODS provides full text search and access to United Nations (including ESCWA) documents issued since 1993, and Security Council and General Assembly resolutions since 1946. Older documents are added regularly.

Library opening hours: 10:00 am – 14:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

External users wishing to visit the library in person should make an appointment in order to facilitate their access to UN House.