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The eLibrary is designed to meet the needs of the library, academic and research community. Its value lies in the quality and convenience of its publications database. Each article, book, and......

The eLibrary is designed to meet the needs of the library, academic and research community. Its value lies in the quality and convenience of its publications database. Each article, book, and working paper is enriched with semantic and bibliographic metadata, including topics, regions, countries, abstracts and keywords using a controlled vocabulary. Users save time with Quick and Advanced search options that narrow searches across and within World Bank publications and return highly relevant results across all content types.

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  • The WB is not a Bank in the common sense; it is made up of two unique development institutions:- The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) The International Development Association (IDA)
  • This is the eLibrary Home page.
  • What is The World Bank eLibrary? All World Bank flagships and annual publications (WDR, WDI, etc.). These flagship reports includethe World Development Report (which is currently about the role of Gender Equality), the WDI, which is the written report that accompanies the new release of the data each year, Doing Business, which ranks the ease of Doing Business in developing countries, and several publications that track progress towards the Mill. Dev. Goals.
  • Many publications in eLibrary are used as course materials in graduate programs.
  • The World Bank’s mission is to achieve a world without poverty. In order to reach this goal, we conduct research across a broad range of topics and areas that have an impact on poverty. As you can see, there is great breadth and depth of coverage.
  • This is the eLibrary Home Page. You can see the easy navigation along the top and Quick Search and Browsing on the right. You can Browse by Region, Topic or Content Type.
  • Here we’re looking at the Browse Book Series Page. You can get here by clicking on the link on the right hand side. Once you’re on the page, the breadcrumbs appear at the top to you’ll always know where you are or how to get back. This is the Atlas of Global Development series. This is one of the World Bank’s most popular series. It’s perfect for middle school and up. You can Re-sort by Date or Title and change the number of search results Displayed.You can easily go straight to the PDF;you can click on the right to show or hide the abstract; AND you check the boxes near the titles you want to add to your Favorites.
  • This is an Abstract page for a publication. From this page, you can email it, bookmark it, share it with others, go straight to the PDF Email Abstracts. Details about each title include publication date, ISBN, DOIs, and related content.
  • Advanced Search searches full text and metadata and allows you to search, filter, and narrow your criteria a number of ways including by region, topic, content type, and date.
  • From here you can Modify & Search within your results, Save your search, Export or email it, Start over with a new search. You can also add titles to your Favorites from here.
  • Here is a look inside a PDF displaying the Table of Contents and easy navigation tools at the top
  • Here are just some of our most recent flagships – the latest World Development Reports, for example have focused on Gender, Conflict, and Climate Change. We also have the latest Atlas of Global Development, Doing Business, Global Economic Prospects and World Development Indicators (the written report that accompanies the release of the new data each year).
  • Here are some recent titles on the Global Financial Crisis, as well as natural disasters, farmland, civil war, and the changing wealth of nations. The latest edition of the Guide to the World Bank is also available for those who are interested in learning more about what the Bank does and how it is structured.
  • Users may register for a Personal account with allows them to take full advantage of the tools in eLibrary, such as Saved Searches, Bookmarking their favorites, and content alerts.
  • Once logged in, users will see all the options on the right. Librarians may wish to promote these tools to encourage more frequent and long-term use of eLibrary.
  • Once users are registered, they can save content and their searches for future reference and convenience. You can easily add or remove items from folders or send yourself an email of your search history that you can forward to others.
  • You can easily create folders for multiple projects. Simply click on the title and select or create a new folder.
  • As you mark titles from abstracts or search results, they go into your Favorites folder. You can Print, Export, email or organize all of your favorites.
  • Customize Your Alerts by Topic, Region, or Content Type. You can also set the frequency of the alerts.
  • Both MARC records and Metadata is updated monthly. In addition, The World Bank is partnering with many Search & Discovery services such as Primo Central, EBSCO A to Z, Summons, and Serial Solutions.You can find general information about COUNTER-compliant usage reports and uploading your institution’s logo.
  • Here is the Administrator Home Page. Once logged in you can download your COUNTER-compliant usage reports.You can also upload your institution’s logo to the eLibrary Home Page to remind students and faculty that your library subscribes.
  • For COUNTER reports, simply select Content Type, Year & ClickSubmitSUSHI reports are available for Consortia coordinators accessing usage reports for their members.
  • You can update your IPs, set up UN/PW if you wish, and Set up access through Shibboleth or Athens.
  • eLibrary is a subscription-based product and is only offered at the institutional level. The subscription cycle is typically Jan – Dec. and partial year subscriptions are available. Pricing is based on FTE and the type of institutionYou may subscribe through The World Bank directly, your preferred sub. Agent or lib. consortia
  • We hope this will help you get the most out of your eLibrary subscription!


  • 1. 2012The World Bank eLibrary
  • 2. What Is the World Bank?Two unique development institutions: - The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) - The International Development Association (IDA)IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countriesIDA focuses on the worlds poorest countriesInternational financial institution comprised of 187 member countriesWorld Bank covers its own operating costs
  • 3. What Does the World Bank Do?Offers low or no-interest loans (credits) and grants to low income countriesSponsors development projectsConducts economic research and data collection on developing countries.Non-lending activities such as economic and sector workDisseminates knowledge in order to solve development issues and promoteeconomic growth.
  • 4. The World Bank eLibrary
  • 5. The World Bank eLibrary elibrary.worldbank.orgThe World Bank’s online collection of 6,000+ World Bank publications :Nearly 2,500 World Bank ebooks some dating from the 1970’s plus all newebooks as they are published Access to World Bank Economic Review and World Bank Research ObserverJournals (currently published by OUP) since the 1970’s A growing archive of more than 4,200 Policy Research Working PapersAll World Bank flagships and annual publications (WDR, WDI, etc.)
  • 6. Why use eLibrary?Focused on the unique needs of the library, research, and academiccommunities.Most comprehensive and authoritative collection of publications and research oninternational development and issues related to poverty reductionSaves valuable time by offering all formally published World Bank titles in oneconvenient cross-searchable database.Offers useful tools and features for short- and long-term research projectsCurated content used by the world’s top academic, policy, and corporateresearchers, including UN agencies, central banks, and NGOs.
  • 7. Why use eLibrary?Tools for Users:Save and organize your searchesBookmark your Favorites for later sessionsExport your search results and share your Saved SearchesOptions to export references to Endnote and BibTexShare pages, abstracts, and search results through popular social media sitesCustomized new content alerts by email or RSS
  • 8. Why use eLibrary?Tools for Administrators:COUNTER-compliant usage reports (plus SUSHI reports for consortia)Downloadable metadata and MARC records for easier indexing and catalogingAthens and Shibboleth authenticationInstitutional branding on the eLibrary home pageInbound Open URLs
  • 9. eLibrary TopicsAgriculture International Economics & TradeClimate Change & Energy Macroeconomics & Economic GrowthCommunities & Human Settlements Policy, Law & DevelopmentConflict & Development Poverty ReductionEducation Private Sector DevelopmentEnvironment Public Sector DevelopmentFinance & Financial Sector Rural DevelopmentDevelopment Science & Technology DevelopmentGender Social DevelopmentGovernance Social Protections & LaborHealth, Nutrition & Population TransportationIndustry Urban DevelopmentInformation & Communication Water ResourcesTechnologies Water Supply & SanitationInfrastructure Economics &Finance World Bank
  • 10. eLibrary Home Page Quick Search Browse by Region, To pic or Content Type
  • 11. Browse Books by Series Change Display & Re-sort Results by Date or Title GoDirectlyto PDFs
  • 12. Abstract Page & Handy Tools for Users Email Bookmark ShareDownload PDFs
  • 13. Advanced Search Advanced Search searches full text and metadataMultipleSearch& FilterOptions Search Tips
  • 14. Search ResultsModify &Search Within Save Export Email New Search Add to Favorites
  • 15. EasyNavigation within thePublication
  • 16. Recent Flagship Titles
  • 17. Popular Titles
  • 18. Personal Registration Register to… Save Searches for Long-term Research Projects Bookmark Your Favorites Receive RSS Feeds or Content Alerts by Email
  • 19. Personal Registration Take Full Advantage of Tools for Researchers
  • 20. Saved Searches & Search History Save Search Results for Later Viewing
  • 21. Saved Searches & Search History Create Folders & Organize Search History for Multiple Projects
  • 22. FavoritesPrint, Export, Email, Or ganize
  • 23. Customized Content Alerts Print, Export, Email, Or ganize Customize Your Alerts by Topic, Region, or Content Type
  • 24. For Librarians Tab Download MARC Records & Metadata Monthly
  • 25. Administrator Home Page Access Tools & Update Account Info. Upload Your Institution’s Logo to eLibrary Home Page
  • 26. Tools for Administrators Select Type, Year & Submit SUSHI Usage Reports for Consortia
  • 27. Tools for Administrators Update Your IPs or Set Up UN/PW
  • 28. Subscriptions Institutional subscriptions only Subscription cycle: Jan – Dec. or partial year ending December 31 Prices are based on total number of FTE / authorized users and institution type (e.g. non-profit, academic, corporate) Subscribe through:  The World Bank (  Your preferred subscription agent  Library consortia
  • 29. Contact us for a free trial Customer Service The World Bank Office of the Publisher: Phone 202-473-8597 Fax 202-522-2631 THANK YOU!