ICRW Library


About the ICRW Library

The ICRW Library supports the research needs of ICRW staff and is open to visitors by appointment. The collection includes more than 13,000 books, reports and papers that reflect the past and present research interests of ICRW.

Interlibrary Loan

The ICRW Library participates in APLIC, a global network of population information professionals and the Interlibrary Users Association for interlibrary loan.

ICRW engages in interlibrary loan with other libraries, but is unable to provide document delivery to individuals.

International Library Networks

Several international library networks provide free access to scholarly information and publications to researchers in low- and middle-income countries. Among them are:

The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) is a cooperative network established in 1992 that aims to strengthen and promote access to and dissemination of scholarly information between and within countries. INASP offers free or low-cost access to scholarly journals to institutions in the developing world.


The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) is a World Health Organization initiative to provide free or nearly free access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to public institutions in developing countries.

An initiative of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the AGORA site provides free and low-cost access to journals in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences.

JSTOR’s Africa Access Initiative
JSTOR will waive participation fees for any academic or not-for-profit institution on the continent of Africa. Participants in AAI receive access to all available content in the archive—the complete back runs of some 800 academic journals—as well as content added during the period of participation. In time they plan to continue to increase participation through work with partners and to grow this initiative more broadly, reaching outside of Africa and into other parts of the developing world.


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