OECD iLibrary: New platform delivers integrated access to OECD’s knowledge base


21/09/2010 - The OECD iLibrary, the new platform giving seamless and comprehensive access to statistical data, books, journals and working papers, is now available. It replaces SourceOECD and hosts all content equally so users can find – and cite – tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. The citation tool for datasets and tables is new and unique to the OECD iLibrary.


OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 – some 390 complete databases, 2.500 working papers, 5.500 books, 14.000 tables and graphs, 21.000 chapters and articles.


OECD iLibrary has the following new features:

• Intuitive navigation by country or theme.
• Granular content - users can search and click directly to tables, chapters or articles.
• Integrated search results, showing all available file formats (PDF, HTML, XLS).
• A citation tool for all content, compatible with popular bibliographic management systems.
• Content in context - related content is one click away.
• Links to previous editions, with the option to download any full-text item such as tables or chapters from the table of contents.
• Every content level has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and fixed URL.
• Users can navigate back and forth via hierarchical “breadcrumb trails”.
• Executive summaries available for key titles in up to 20 languages.
• Data available as ready-made, downloadable tables, or, for experienced users, in databases for users to build and extract their own tables.
• OECD.Stat is fully integrated, offering multiple export formats (including SDMX) explanatory metadata and links to related publications.
• 44,000 home pages with Google friendly URLs.


OECD iLibrary supersedes SourceOECD as the main OECD publishing platform, and all existing subscribers are now being migrated.  OECD has been communicating with all its customers over the past couple of months to encourage their use of the new platform as part of the transition. 


For end-users, the migration process is transparent – their usernames and passwords, as well as IP address details, have been transferred.  SourceOECD’s EasyLinks will be automatically re-directed to the appropriate page in OECD iLibrary.  Parallel access to SourceOECD will continue to be available to subscribers until the migration is complete.


New and existing subscribers need to register an OECD iLibrary administrator username and password to be able to use the back-office functions.  These currently include the management of:

• Administration contact details
• Authentication details - IP address/es and/or end-user usernames and passwords
• Subscriptions
• Institutional branding

The OECD iLibrary is still being enhanced and some administrative features such as MARC records and COUNTER usage statistics are currently being finalised prior to deployment shortly. The site will continue to evolve as new technology and innovations become available.  OECD welcomes ongoing feedback from librarians and end users to continue to improve the site.


Please visit the OECD iLibrary at:


For further information about the OECD iLibrary please contact:
François Barnaud, Head of Marketing, OECD,
Toby Green, Head of Publishing, OECD,