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ECLAC Digital Archive

Under the Digitization Project, begun in 2010, we complete the digitization of all documents of ECLAC since 1948, which are currently stored in the Digital Repository ( ), ensuring free access and preservation of the documents generated by the Commission since its inception.

This digital collection includes more than 44,200 documents and publications from ECLAC that have been digitized and are available online through the Digital Repository of ECLAC. Each publication has been scanned in high quality TIFF images that have undergone optical character recognition to create PDF / A documents, a standard format for document preservation.

Online Collections

The online databases available through the Internet , have become an integral part of the research at all levels . The Library subscribes to a variety of databases: multidisciplinary, specialized content, as well as articles and primary sources of information .

This collection of electronic resources includes:

Most electronic resources available in the Library are subject to payments , which means that access is restricted to the terms and conditions set forth in the commercial licenses. Some electronic resources are freely available and can be linked and used freely. If you have any concerns or questions about the conditions of use of these resources, ask a librarian

Physical collections

The Library selects and updates its collections by acquiring publications covering various disciplines focused primarily on the social sciences, including issues such as environment, natural resources and infrastructure, trade, economic and social development, statistics, gender, economic planning and social, population, among others.

Currently, the libraries have a combined collection of more than 109,000 volumes of printed monographs and a valuable collection of approximately 4400 journals titles, from international organizations and regional institutions such as ministries, central banks and national statistical offices, which are a unique collection in the region for purposes of historical research.

Throughout the years the Library collections have incorporated other documents from units of information, such as CELADE ( Population Division), a collection  of population and housing censuses , economic , agricultural and industrial censuses countries from the countries of the region, some of them before 1950 ; and the collection of monographs and serials documentation center from UNICEF - Chile, comprising literature between 1970 and 1998 .

We also have a large collection of books and documents of prominent economists who have been cornerstones of the ECLAC thinking and theories of development of Latin American economies, such as Celso Furtado, Aníbal Pinto, Fernando Fajnzylber , and Raul Prebisch.

The collections of the Library are for research use internal staff of ECLAC, as well as teachers, students and the general public. Access to materials is mainly offered through the library catalog.

Colecciones físicas del CRIDD

El acervo del Centro de Recursos de Información y Distribución de Documentos (CRIDD) en la Ciudad de México está especializado en temas de desarrollo económico y social sobre los 10 países atendidos por la Sede Subregional de la CEPAL en México: Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haití, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, República Dominicana.

Además de las colecciones por cada uno de los 10 países, existe una colección general sobre temas de desarrollo económico y social, medio ambiente, energía, mitigación de desastres, comercio internacional, desarrollo rural entre otros, así como colecciones de referencia, censos y encuestas y una hemeroteca.

New Acquisitions

Check-out the new acquisitions by topic:

Browse the list of new library acquisitions through thematic boards you’ll find on our profile. There you will find recent publications from ECLAC Library Santiago, Mexico and Port of Spain. If you see a headline that interests you, you only need to click on the title for more information and the link to access  either the full text or the record of the catalog of the Library to request a document. ( Note: To access this feature , you have to create a free pinterest account) .

Still can’t find what you need?

You can not find a book or article you need? Let us know what you are looking for. In most cases, we can quickly provide physical or digital copies for investigation.