The University of Virginia Library is one of some 365 United Nations depository libraries around the world. Depository libraries receive documentation and publications from the UN for use by the general public. Try VIRGO and these general websites to start your search. Then take a look at UN Databases, listed below.
- UN Documents in Virgo
United Nations publications issued since 1989 are listed in VIRGO, the library's online catalog. For these documents there are no subject headings included, so that a words or phrase search is the best way to find these. Note: "Mast Head" documents (i.e., the working papers of the UN) are not listed individually in Virgo. "Mast head" documents include papers, letters, draft documents, and other supporting documentation used by Delegations during sessions. To locate these working papers use AccessUN, described below.
- United Nations iLibrary
Beginning in 2016 UN sales publications - journals, books, annuals - are available on this digital platform.
The United Nations website.
- Dag Hammarskjöld Library Research Guides
The main UN library offers many excellent research guides that will help you find UN documents on your topic.
- Print Index and Other Indexes to Older UN Publications
(3rd floor, Ready Ref - Back wall of 3rd Floor Center Reading Room)
Many United Nations publications and periodicals published prior to 1989 are not listed in VIRGO. The best way to find these older UN materials owned by the Library but not listed in VIRGO is through a computer generated keyword-in-title index (KWIC) and other such indexes located in the Government Information Resources Reading Room. If your research involves extensive use of older UN documents you may want to Contact Us
for an appointment for personalized instruction in locating these materials.