How to Subscribe

Full access to WTO iLibrary is offered as an annual subscription covering access to all content in all formats available on the site. Only one subscription product is offered. Print publications are available for sale via the WTO Online Bookshop, a link is provided each time the WTO iLibrary page features an item available in print.

Any institution interested in subscribing should consult WTO Publications to learn more about becoming a subscriber. Our worldwide network of agents and the WTO team is excited to work with you to provide ongoing support, training and advice.

Benefits of a subscription

A WTO iLibrary subscription gives unrestricted access to content, with tools and features on the platform that facilitate discovery and workflow integration:

•    A single subscription provides access to all WTO iLibrary content

•    Enables institution-wide access via IP authentication and/or username/password login, and unlimited number of concurrent institutional users  

•    Allows institutional branding to inform users WTO iLibrary is a trusted resource at their disposal

•    Offers perpetual access to subscribed content  

•    Usage monitoring with standardized COUNTER-compliant usage statistics; directly from the site or via SUSHI harvesting

•    Institution-wide content discovery with provided bibliographic records in MARC21 XML format and KBART II records 

•    Self-managed administration of subscription account settings 

•    Re-use of all subscribed content for institutional purposes with no further permission required 

•    Convenient, economical acquisition of aggregated WTO content and metadata in optimized file formats 

•    On-campus and remote access via IP recognition, shared username/password, Federated access via Shibboleth, or EZ Proxy

•    All content is indexed with leading discovery services EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo, Summon and WorldCat

Who is WTO iLibrary for?

Subscribing institutions worldwide are putting WTO publications at the fingertips of over 1 million users in more than 190 countries and is accessible to everyone:

•    Universities, research organizations and individual researchers: 

Our content helps academics and students of all levels access the latest research and data to support their work and keep up to date with the latest developments in their field.

•    Libraries

We provide services to help knowledge manager to inform their constituents.

•    Businesses, legal and financial services, and other private sector:

Our data and reports provide an exhaustive view of standards, markets, countries and regions all of which can help your business grow.

•    Governments, public administrations, NGOs and think tanks:

Learn from other countries’ experiences and understand why certain policies work elsewhere. Use our trusted analyses, data and recommendations as a foundation to explore different approaches.

What content is on WTO iLibrary?

WTO iLibrary is the online research depository of the World Trade Organization (WTO) featuring its publications, reports and periodicals. An intuitive platform housing insightful content across 17 thematic collections:

•    Agriculture and food safety

•    Anti-dumping, subsidies, safeguards

•    Development and building trade capacity

•    Dispute settlement

•    Economic research and trade policy analysis

•    Environment

•    Government procurement

•    Information technology and e-commerce

•    Intellectual property

•    Market access

•    Regional trade agreements

•    Services

•    Technical barriers to trade

•    Trade facilitation and customs valuation

•    Trade finance

•    Trade monitoring

•    WTO accessions

WTO iLibrary contains thousands of e-books, chapters, tables and graphs, papers, articles, summaries, indicators, databases and now also Podcasts - discoverable by theme, country or content type. Every year around 200 new titles are published via WTO iLibrary. Databases are updated daily.

Content and Access for all

Most content is available to access in PDF format for subscribers, more recent content is also offered in ePub format and HTML. Read-only format is accessible for all non-subscription users.  All editions are optimised for mobile devices and can be read online wherever there is an internet connection - desktop computer, tablets or smart phones. They are also shareable and can easily be embedded.

Content items (June 2023):

•    1 900 ebook titles

•    15 000 chapters

•    330 working papers

•    Over 1 220 dispute settlement reports

•    28 databases

•    WTO jurisprudence tool organized by WTO Agreement and updated every 3 months (WTO Analytical Index)

What are the site features?

Time saving features for users

•    All content is available to all users to read online

•    Easy linking with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) as a permanent reference

Day-to-day tasks easier for librarians

Subscribers benefit from full access to all content in all available formats and languages, as well as many features such as customised branding of the platform, indexing and cataloguing with MARC records, access management via IP authentication and manual login.

WTO iLibrary offers time saving features for all users

•    Easy linking with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) as a permanent reference

•    Citation tool to assist with consistent referencing and to facilitate creation of bibliographies

•    Content available in various formats

•    Advanced search functionalities via

•    Quick Search at the top of each page to search for titles

•    Advanced Search enabling customized searches across full text

•    Easy data extractions in databases in CSV and Excel format

•    Quick download of charts and data with StatLinks features from within publications

Who is the team behind WTO iLibrary?

Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and how WTO iLibrary can become an essential resource for you:

•    WTO iLibrary training and support

•    Subscriptions and renewals

•    Content Inquiries

WTO Publications

World Trade Organization

Information & External Relations Division

Rue de Lausanne 154 | 1211 Genève 21 | Switzerland

Email: wto-ilibrary [at] wto.org

About the WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. 

Essentially, the WTO is a place where member governments go, to try to sort out the trade problems they face with each other. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations. But the WTO is not just about liberalizing trade, and in some circumstances its rules support maintaining trade barriers — for example to protect consumers, prevent the spread of disease or protect the environment. 

More information about the WTO is available at wto.org

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