The UNCCD Library & Data Centre in Bonn, Germany, assumes the role of depository of material dealing with all aspects of combating desertification and land degradation, including historic collections and scientific data related to best practices and actions that are focused on the restoration of degraded lands.
The collection offers books, reports, periodicals, articles, videos, audiocassettes and CD-ROMs. Its archive houses all official UNCCD documents in the six official UN languages, national reports and national action programme documents.
In addition, the collection includes sound recordings of official sessions of the COP, CRIC, AHWG, CST, INCD and regional meetings. The library is building-up a large collection of monographs, technical reports, and journals related to desertification, including the non-conventional (grey) literature – data sets from the local communities.
Material may be freely consulted by anyone visiting the UNCCD Library & Data Centre in Bonn. The UNCCD librarian is available to assist users in person, by telephone or e-mail.
Library material may be borrowed by UN staff based in Bonn, only. The normal loan period is two weeks. Current periodicals on display cannot be borrowed. Loans are renewable if no other loan request is pending. Classified material, documents and newsletters may be checked out overnight or on weekends, but must be returned by 9.00 AM the following work day. The library also provides current awareness services and answers requests for information dissemination. Requests for copies of UNCCD public information material should also be addressed to the UNCCD library. Shipping costs must be incurred by the requesting individuals