WHOLIS . The World Health Organization Library Information System is a bibliographic database containing publications from WHO headquarters and Regional Representations, journal articles, technical and official documents, and WHO publications in collaboration with other publishers and international organizations.


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  • 1 Who is it for?
  • 2 Operation
  • 3 Who performs the service?
  • 4 Future projections
  • 5 Benefits for users
  • 6 Bibliography
  • 7 Source

Who is it for?

To all health professionals and technicians as well as other categories of users


The website of the WHO Library provides online access to WHOLIS, the database of the Library of WHO, comprising more than 70,000 bibliographic records and 30,000 links to full texts of documents.

Who performs the service?

Reference librarians will provide guidance on the collections and use of the Library and its information resources.

Future projections

Collaborate with member states in the gradual improvement of information support of interest for the management of national health systems.

Benefits for users

  • Provides an online instruction program on using WHOLIS.
  • WHO publications – headquarters and regional and partner offices: from 1948to the present.
  • Individual records of articles published in WHO journals.
  • Individual records of articles relating to WHO activity published in scientific journals worldwide.
  • Technical documents free of distribution (from regional office headquarters programs: 1986to present).
  • Governing body documents.
  • Press releases, WHO newsletters, audiovisual material, CD-ROM.
  • They present links to the full texts of the press releases, which are also available at: [ Media Center]
  • Books from other publishers.
  • Books and reports from other intergovernmental organizations and NGOs.
  • List of titles of periodicals found in the Library (about 3,000 titles).
  • Books from the WHO Library Historical Collection.


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