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ECA Knowledge and Library Services Section   Tags: africa, economic commission for africa, library, un, uneca, united nations  

A description of the mission, role and services of the Library at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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The Knowledge and Library Services at the United Nations (UN), Economic Commission for Africa, ECA KLSS, offers a variety of services and collections and is undoubtedly one of the most extensive collections of material on economic and social development in Africa on the African continent.


ECA Knowledge an Library Services: Mission

As a central catalyst for organizational effectiveness, the Library aims to continuously enrich and add value to the Commission's knowledge ecosystem, by providing reliable access to high quality information resources and services.


Prezentation - The ECA Library


ECA Knowledge and Library Services

The ECA Library was established in 1959 to meet the administrative and research information needs of ECA staff and the African region. It has the most substantial single collection in Africa on the economies of the African region and the library is estimated to house over 1,500,000 documents. The ECA library was moved to its current location in mid-1977 and occupies all five floors of the Library building. In 2010, the Library joined the ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD) reinforcing its commitment to serve as an integrated information service and resource center for Africa.



The library offers:

  • Collections of High Quality Information Resources
  • A Current Awareness Service
  • Extra-Mile Journal Article Delivery Service
  • Service Liaison Programme
  • Training on Research Information Strategies and Searching
  • Bibliographic Research
  • A Conducive Space to Read and Work
  • WIFI

 Additional services:


The Knowledge and Library Services provides programmes to strengthen the capacity of African libraries and information centers in capturing, managing and disseminating local content.

Staff can borrow books and other information resources from the Library. Professional staff members can borrow up to 10 items and General staff members’ five (5) resources for a period of 30 days. Researchers, Consultants and Interns should contact Customer Services for more information on their rights as borrowers.


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