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World Bank eLibrary is a subscription-based online web portal of all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank from the 1990s to the present. It covers more than 20 disciplines related to poverty, development, and social science including economic and human development, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, climate change, natural resources, and regional integration. For more information see the website.

All publications in the eLibrary since 2000 are also open access via the World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository (OKR); however many, such as the journal articles, are only freely available after an embargo period of 18 months. The OKR also contains many publications and knowledge products that are not found in the eLibrary, such as Knowledge Notes and other non-formal publications. Beyond the publications prior to 2000, the eLibrary provides better search, reading, research and downloading features (see the user tools here). A quick comparison of the content and functionality of the two sites may be found here.

In support of both the World Bank's and the Wikipedia Library's commitments to Open Access, we recommend that editors cite the document's URI in the OKR whenever an open access version of it is available, and when a publication or item (such as an embargoed journal article or book chapter) is not freely available in the OKR, editors cite the DOI in the World Bank eLibrary.

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{{cite report|author1=de la Torre, Augusto |author2=Didier, Tatiana |author3=Ize, Alain |author4=Lederman, Daniel |author5=Schmukler, Sergio L. |title= Latin America and the Rising South : Changing World, Changing Priorities|url=|publisher=World Bank|year=2015}} {{open access}}
  • de la Torre, Augusto; Didier, Tatiana; Ize, Alain; Lederman, Daniel; Schmukler, Sergio L. (2015). Latin America and the Rising South : Changing World, Changing Priorities (Report). World Bank. open access

Open Knowledge Repository[edit]

Many (but not all) of these publications available through the eLibrary are also open access and/or freely licensed via the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR); in line with both World Banks and the Wikipedia Library's commitment to Open Access, we recommend that editors cite the OKR when an open access version of eLibrary documents when available. When citing works in the eLibrary that are not available in an Open Access version, please make sure to note {{Subscription or libraries}} .