United Nations Depository Collection
Brown University Library is a partial depository for United Nations documents and official publications. As such, the library receives the official records from the main organs of the United Nations, including the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, and the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board. The library also receives most U.N. sales publications printed in English. Brown is the only U.N. depository library in Rhode Island (designated in 1947). Brown also was a League of Nations depository and has a complete collection of these documents as well.
Publications received from the United Nations are cataloged for the library's general collection and are shelved using Library of Congress call numbers. Please consult Josiah (the library's online catalog) for locations and call numbers.
Call numbers and locations for some popular titles of U.N. publications:
In addition to the U.N. Depository collection, Brown University Library subscribes to the Readex microfiche collection of United Nations documents (1990 to the present). The collection includes copies of all non-copyrighted documents issued by the main and subsidiary bodies of the United Nations. This includes official records as well as provisional mimeographs of plenary meetings of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council.
Information from and about the United Nations and its affiliated organizations can be accessed via a number of Internet sites. Some of these sites contain the full-text of documents, resolutions, reports, conference papers, and other U.N. materials.
Official Documents System of the United Nations (ODS) is an online catalog of U.N. documents with full text option.
Access UN is a private online catalog of U.N. documents. Click on the link and you will be redirected to the Josiah record for this source where there will be another link to the site. To use this resource, please read the Instructions first.
For assistance in using the government documents collections, indexes, or electronic