The International Labour Office is the world’s major resource centre for information, analysis and guidance on the world of work. Research accompanies and reinforces all of the organization’s practical activities, and the ILO is universally regarded as an authoritative source of statistical information.
The ILO Library, based in Geneva, is the core repository of ILO publications produced in Geneva and in the ILO’s offices around the world. It is also the focal point of a network of information centres at ILO Headquarters and in the field.
In the Caribbean region, library services are offered at the IILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and at the ILO library at the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operatives in Valsayn, Trinidad and Tobago. In 2000, the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean and the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operatives entered into a Cooperation Agreement for the provision of library services. The Agreement is intended to strengthen the capacity of the College as an institution of tertiary education to provide adequate access to historic and contemporary labour literature to students and ILO's constituents through an ILO depository library located on the premises of the College. The Agreement also provides an opportunity to enhance the ILO's outreach and to promote knowledge and understanding of international labour standards, industrial relations, and general labour market issues, as well as ILO experiences and values, to a wider public. In 2007, the Cooperation Agreement was revised to include the provision of ILO advice and participation through guest lectures and other related activities.
Requests for ILO information are entertained at both libraries through visits, telephone calls and email. The collections are mainly reference collections. ILO publications
The ILO publishes the results of research related to the changing nature of work and employment which is of importance to policy-makers and its tripartite constituents in ILO member States. ILO publications for sale can be obtained through ILO offices in many countries, including the IILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean which is the regional distributor for the countries of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.
ILO departments, programmes and field offices produce a number of working papers, technical publications, reports, studies and manuals. These documents, not commercially available, can usually be obtained directly from the department, programme or field office concerned. The IILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean has over the years published several working papers, training guides and monographs on issues of relevance to the Caribbean region.
The ILO regularly publishes the following main periodicals, some of which are available in electronic format (see links below). Others can be purchased through this Office.
The ILO has developed many databases - bibliographic, statistical and full text, covering the ILO’s main areas of work including labour statistics, labour standards, labour legislation, working conditions and social protection.
Within the UN system, the ILO Bureau of Statistics is the focal point for labour statistics. It regularly disseminates statistics through databases and publications.
Reports of ILO Conferences and meetings
Documents are produced by the following conferences and meetings. They include technical reports prepared for the meetings as well as the actual reports from the meetings.
Caribbean Digital Library
The full text of key ILO documents and publications produced by the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean as well as other general ILO publications of relevance to the region are available on the website of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean .
Labordoc is the ILO Library's database on the world of work. It covers all the ILO publications from Geneva and field offices published since 1919. Labordoc also contains references to a wide range of print and electronic publications, including journal articles from countries around the world, on all aspects of work. Labordoc provides an ever increasing number of links to online publications available on the internet.
For further information, please contact:
ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean
Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operatives