The Government Publications Department was a partial depository for United Nations publications in paper from 1967 until 1991 when it relinquished its UN depository status. However, it continued to subscribe to the Readex United Nations Documents and Publications collection, which we had in microcard, then microfiche (microcards=1946-1953, 1954-1956, annually until 1982 when the format changed to microfiche). When the William T. Young Library opened in 1998, the United Nations paper depository collection was left in the King Building except for a few serial titles of a reference nature. The Readex microcard collection was also left in the King Building. The Readex microfiche collection, which is a growing collection, was moved to the new library.
Relatively few United Nations publications are included in the UK online catalog, InfoKat, as individual titles. Some titles are purchased by various campus libraries as they fit into their subject areas. These may be in the online catalog with Library of Congress call numbers. Although InfoKat is not a bad place to start a search for UN publications, library users should always remember that it is only a starting place and that the best resources to identify United Nations publications may be indexes and resources other than the online catalog, especially if attempting in-depth or historical research.
To identify current United Nations publications, see the following:
is a web-based version of the Readex Index to United Nations Documents and Publications. Full-text of the General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions are appended to the bibliographic citation. Document numbers provide links to the microfiche and paper collections.
Online Access: Readex's
In addition, the official homepage of the United Nations, http://www.un.org/ , provides some full-text resources as well as other important information.
UN-I-QUE (United Nations Info Quest) 1946 - present
UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest) is a ready reference file, not a comprehensive index to UN publications and documents. It was created by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library to respond to frequently asked questions. It is a database designed to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials. UN-I-QUE focuses upon documents and publications of a recurrent nature: annual/sessional reports of committees/commissions; monographic series; journals; annual publications; reports periodically/irregularly issued; reports of major conferences; statements in the General Debate; etc. Information within each record is presented in reverse chronological order to facilitate identification of the most recent data.