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    The reading room of the ILO Library is open. We are available Monday to Friday by appointment only. To Book a Librarian, please email us at library@ilo.org 

    External researchers wishing to conduct research are invited to make an appointment by contacting our virtual information service at library@ilo.org at least 48 hours before your visit.

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  • Ask a Librarian service provided by the ILO Library

    Having trouble finding what you are looking for?
    Ask a Librarian from the ILO Library
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    Please write to library@ilo.org and a librarian will contact you.

  • 100 years of the ILO Library: From the first database to complex digital solutions

    For over a century, the ILO Library has always sought to apply best practice technical solutions to serve the information needs of ILO officials and the public, writes Edit Horváth in the second article on “100 years of the ILO Library". Read more ...

  • © Ms Helen Lake with ILO managers in 1921.

    100 years of the ILO library: How the “best library on labour issues” was set up

    As the ILO library celebrates 100 years, librarian Edit Horváth writes about her first predecessor, Helen Lake, who faced considerable challenges to build a comprehensive collection after the Great War. Read more.

  • COVID-19 and the world of work

    Access all ILO publications on COVID-19 and its implications on the world of work on this dedicated portal.

  • © ILC 2019. Violence convention adoption

    Research Guide

    ILO Official Documentation

    Check the latest ILO Library Research Guide on ILO Official Documentation​ which gives easy access to reports and documents of the International Labour Conference, Governing Body, Regional Meetings and Official Bulletin.

  • New Labordoc to increase the visibility of the ILO’s research and work

    The ILO Library has launched a new institutional repository that enhances the global visibility of ILO publications and meeting documents and provides users with a tool to explore a wealth of knowledge on the world of work. Read more.

  • © Washington DC - Pan American Union Building

    First International Labour Conference and Governing Body of the ILO : New digital collection now online

    Discover original documents of the first International Labour Conference and the First Session of the Governing Body of the ILO, which was held in Washington, D.C., from October 29 to November 29, 1919. Read more.

  • Research for Global Justice.

    ILO launches online access to legal research and training for developing countries