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The World Bank Depository/Regional Library Program

The World Bank's Depository Library Program is a key element in its publication strategy. As the world's largest development institution, the World Bank undertakes large projects of research, analysis, and data gathering. The dissemination of that research is a necessary part of the Bank's objectives, because knowledge and information, to have value, must be shared. Well-organized libraries that serve numerous users are one of the most effective channels for the sharing of knowledge and information. The World Bank sets great store by its relationship with its depository and regional libraries.

The libraries listed in this directory have all agreed to work with the World Bank as active partners in the dissemination of Bank materials by promoting them and encouraging their use among different groups of readers.

Participating libraries are divided into two separate categories:

  • a Depository Library receives all official World Bank publications (about 200 titles per year); whereas
  • a Regional Library receives all major annual publications and any official publications concerning the library's particular geographic region (around 40 titles per year).
Click here to view a list of all World Bank depository and regional libraries.

World Bank Depository Library Program Selection Criteria
World Bank Regional Library Program Selection Criteria

Application for Designation as a World Bank Depository Library or Regional Library

For further information about the Bank's depository library program, please contact Kathryn Matthews.