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About The Commonwealth iLibrary

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s publications are a key part of the organisation’s mission to work as a trusted partner for all Commonwealth people as a force for peace, democracy, equality and good governance; a catalyst for global consensus-building; and a source of assistance for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Each year, The Commonwealth publishes around 30 new titles on a range of topics in which it has particular insight and expertise, especially concerning small states, including;:

  • globalisation and multilateral trade issues
  • export and enterprise development
  • education
  • gender
  • public service management and reform
  • law and human rights

  • For the first time, these publications are now available online in a single research repository, The Commonwealth iLibrary at www.thecommonwealth-ilibrary.org. Titles are organised by series, year and alphabetically, and search and discovery of complete publications or even their components – articles and chapters – is a click away

    The Commonwealth iLibrary has been developed in partnership with OECD Publishing as part of the IGO Partnership Programme. In case of questions about the service - access or subscriptions - contact us via email.

    Content and Access for all

    The Commonwealth iLibrary offers wide ranging research and knowledge to a variety of audiences:

  • Universities and research organisations
  • Businesses and private sector
  • Government and public administrations
  • Non-governmental organisations and think tanks
  • Libraries

  • Most content is available to access in PDF format for subscribers, more recent content is also offered in ePub format; and full READ access for all users by clicking the READ icon. READ editions are optimised for browser-enabled mobile devices and can be read online wherever there is an internet connection - desktop computer, tablets or smart phones. They are also shareable and can be embedded.

    Content items (September 2020):

  • 832 ebook titles
  • 9 314 chapters
  • 271 working papers

  • More Information about The Commonwealth iLibrary

    Download a brochure (PDF) detailing The Commonwealth iLibrary service.

    Subscription Information

    Full access to The Commonwealth iLibrary is offered as an annual subscription covering access to all content in all formats available on the site. Only one subscription product is offered. 

    Single publications are offered for sale via the The Commonwealth Bookshop via links provided from the publication pages on The Commonwealth iLibrary.

    Benefits of a subscription:

  • registration to manage institution-wide access via IP authentication and/or username/password login.
  • unlimited number of concurrent institutional users.
  • perpetual access to subscribed content
  • subscription support features such as COUNTER-compliant usage statistics and bibliographic records in MARC21 XML format.

  • Any institution interested in subscribing should consult the nearest OECD sales contact for further information:

  • North America -  Iain Williamson
  • Central and South America -  Ivonne López
  • Asia -  Shinobu Takahashi
  • German-speaking and Russian-speaking countries -  Marina Meurer
  • Northern and Eastern Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, India and French-speaking countries -  Michel Guinand
  • Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australasia -  James Kitchen
  • About The Commonwealth

    The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest political association of states. Its roots go back to the British Empire when some countries were ruled directly or indirectly by Britain. Some of these countries became self-governing while retaining Britain’s monarch as Head of State. They formed the British Commonwealth of Nations. In 1949 the association we know today – The Commonwealth – came into being. Since then, independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific have joined The Commonwealth.

    Membership today is based on free and equal voluntary co-operation, there are currently 53 independent countries. The last two countries to join The Commonwealth - Rwanda and Mozambique - have no historical ties to the British Empire.

    The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens and over 60% of these are under the age of 30. Member states have no legal obligation one to another. Instead, they are united by language, history, culture, and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The Commonwealth’s guiding principles are in its Charter: www.thecommonwealth.org/our-charter.

    The Commonwealth’s policies are shaped by member countries, who have an equal say on decisions affecting them. The Commonwealth organisations put these decisions and plans into action.

    The Commonwealth organisations are involved in diverse activities, from helping countries with trade negotiations to encouraging women’s leadership, building the small business sector, supporting youth participation at all levels of society and providing experts to write laws.  More information about The Commonwealth at www.thecommonwealth.org.

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