As a result of discussions between the IMF and World Bank, a Joint Bank-Fund Library was established by an agreement dated February 1, 1947. As the World Bank and IMF grew, more libraries were established to serve the needs of the staff.
Although primarily located in Washington, D.C., there are local research librarians working in the WBG offices in Nairobi and New Delhi.
Whether helping build capacity for information professionals and libraries in low-income nations, training staff in in the regions from Azerbaijan, to Ghana to Vietnam, or providing research assistance in DC, the libraries support the Bank and Fund in their mission to reduce poverty and increase economic growth.
Training and knowledge sharing are conducted worldwide via myriad technologies, from hands-on visits, to town hall style video-conferences, to teleconferencing and Skype video chat.
The libraries continue to make their collections available to staff electronically and are actively supporting the use of mobile devices and e-readers.
Special Events & Activities
October 19-21, 2011: The Joint World Bank-IMF Library, in collaboration with the Steering Committee of the Central Bank Librarians Group, hosted the Central Bank and Financial Institutions Librarians' Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Presentations by WBG/IMF Staff
- "Best Bet Resources" for Country, Industry and Company Information (November 2013)
- Comparison of Document Collections at the World Bank (2015)
- Open Access @ the World Bank: Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) (September 2013)
Joint Bank-Fund Library (JL)
World Bank Group Library (WBG-LIB)
Board Resource Center (BRC)
Access limited to World Bank Group staff.
Law Library (Law-IMF)
Access limited to IMF and World Bank Group staff.
World Bank Law Resource Center (LAW-WB)
Access limited to current World Bank Group and IMF staff for work-related research. No access for spouses, visitors, students, or for personal research.