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QuestionWhere can I find out about World Bank libraries and other research resources for use online and in person?
AnswersThe following links provide access to information about World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and partnering libraries in the US and abroad, as well as development data, reports, evaluations, journals, working papers and other research resources—many of which can be accessed online.

World Bank Data and Research
Working papers, abstracts, evaluations and datasets for on-going and completed World Bank research projects catalogued by topic and type of document. Also included are online versions of major Bank publications such as World Development Reports and Global Economic Prospects.

The Library Network serves the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. The WBG and IMF libraries work together to provide information services and resources to World Bank, IFC, and IMF staff. The Joint Bank-Fund Library (IMF, Washington, D.C.) is open to visitors by appointment. See visitor information.

The World Bank Depository/Regional Library Program
A directory of libraries around the world that have agreed to work as active partners in the dissemination of the Bank's research materials. Participating libraries are divided into two categories:

Square BulletDepository libraries that receive all Bank publications.
Square BulletRegional libraries that receive all major annual publications and any official publications concerning the library's geographic region.

World Bank Journals
View abstracts and download current and past issues of The World Bank Research Observer and The World Bank Economic Review.

GDNet Resources: Funding Opportunities
The Global Development Network (GDN) provides funding opportunities for development researchers and research institutes in low- and middle-income countries. Research fellowships, competitions and grants are available.

Updated: June 2012

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