OECD iLibrary

Jeannie Bail


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an IGO that creates international standards, policies and best practices to address a range of global social, economic and environmental issues. Its motto is “Better Policies for Better Lives”.

The OECD also collects data and produces reports and other content that it makes available through the OECD iLibrary, which is an online portal that is organized by a wide range of themes, including:

  • Agriculture and Food Development
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Finance and Investment
  • Governance
  • Industry and Services
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Issues/Migration/Health
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Transport
  • Urban, Rural and Regional Development

The OECD iLibrary contains thousands of e-books, chapters, tables and graphs, papers, articles, summaries, indicators, databases and podcasts, which are discoverable by the above themes, country or content type.

Watch this short video, Discover OECD iLibrary, to find out more.


How to Search OECD iLibrary

You can browse by Theme, Country or Theme and Country. You can also search for Statistics, as the example below demonstrates.

Screenshot of methods to search OECD iLibrary, including By Theme, By Country, or Statistics.

After selecting Statistics, you can do a keyword search, browse its featured content, or access different databases, indicators or statistical series. One handy feature is its Country Statistical Profile, which is located under Indicators.

Screenshot of how to access "Country Statistical Profiles", under "Indicators" in OECD iLibrary.

Once you select Country Statistical Profile, you can choose a country from the list and view or download in XLS, HTML or as a PDF.

Screenshot with various "Country Statistical Profiles", with China selected.

Here is an example of the Statistical Profile for China, with key indicators of GDP and Exports/Imports highlighted. Note that the profile contains historical data for the past 8 years.

Screenshot of a Country Statistical Profile for China, with various data points, including Production and Income, for 2014-2021.


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