Special programmes for libraries

There are special programmes that offer libraries in developing and transition countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Eligible libraries usually have to meet certain requirements based on GNI per capita (World Bank figures). Please check each programme for the eligibility criteria.

  • Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Content can be accessed through five programmes: Research for Health (HINARI), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE), Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Research for Global Justice (GOALI).

  • HINARI (Access to Research in Health) provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.

  • AGORA ( Access to Global Online Resources in Agriculture) set up by the FAO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 1900 journals to institutions in 107 countries.

  • OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science

  • eIFL is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners. It runs a wide range of programmes and events designed to increase access to knowledge. By negotiating with vendors on behalf of library consortia and libraries in partner countries, eIFL achieves free or highly discounted access to a wide range of commercial e‑resources, plus fair terms of use.
    See: eIFL Licencing.

  • The ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) programme, coordinated by WIPO together with its partners in the publishing industry, aims to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries.

  • GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) is a new programme providing free or low-cost online access to legal research and training in the developing world.

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