The PAHO Headquarters Library

The PAHO Headquarters Library and Information Services supports the work of the Organization and provides a wide variety of professional and technical reference and information services covering a broad range of subject areas within the biomedical and public health field, including, historical information. It also collects, organizes, preserves and disseminates regional information produced by PAHO, both bibliographic and in full text, besides offering a selected collection on related health subjects affecting the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Library's collections are referenced in its electronic PAHO/HQ Online Library Catalog, accessible through the Web.

The PAHO Institutional Memory

The PAHO Institutional Memory Database (IM) is the official registry of the Pan American Health Organization's intellectual production collected at the Organization's Headquarters. It offers users access to the PAHO bibliographical records and digital collection dating from the Organization's inception in 1902. The database currently holds over 38,766 bibliographic references, of which around 23,627 represent selected full text materials. The system provides access to print and online materials, as well as other media formats. The database is maintained by the PAHO Library and is intended to preserve and disseminate current and historical documents of the Organization.

The Virtual Health Library

The Virtual Health Library promotes an equitable, universal, modern, and efficient access to relevant information generated by dynamics of public health in the Region.

The Virtual Campus of Public Health

The Campus is a public service of continuing education and information. Its main objective is to contribute to the development and improvement of the efficiency of public health management through the resolution of cases closely related with professional practice, as well as to promote the exchange of experiences among professionals in the sector and among public health institutions of various countries.


The HINARI program, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 3300 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.