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Welcome to the IUCN Library System!

Here you can search the IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations, which form the body of IUCN’s general policy, as well as the IUCN Headquarters’ Library catalogue, which includes the print collections of the HQ Library as well as the digital library of IUCN publications. Clicking on either Publications or Resolution/Recommendation restricts your search to either the library catalogue or the Resolutions and Recommendations platform.

Thanks to support from the Arcadia Fund, we are retrodigitising historical IUCN publications in our collection. Click here to see a list of what was digitised in 2023.


Some tips for searching the publications section of the IUCN Library System:

  • Your search terms will be matched against words appearing in the publication record of the publication, such as title, authors, keywords, geographic keywords, abstract, organizations, language, and conference.
  • It does not search inside PDFs (full text).
  • In order to i) sort or limit by publication year, ii) limit to publications that are available electronically, iii) search only a certain field in the record, or iv) limit the search to IUCN or non-IUCN publications, please use our Advanced Search
  • We make available all publications which are digitally available and to which IUCN owns copyright. If a publication record does not show a PDF, this means there is no digital copy available, either because of copyright reasons or because it has not been digitised yet.
  • If you would like to consult material which is not available online, please consider visiting our library in Gland, Switzerland.

Contact the IUCN HQ Library at library [at] iucn [dot] org if you need any help searching the library catalogue.