Terms and Conditions for the Use of OECD iLibrary

As of 15 March 2018

These Terms and Conditions supplement those at www.oecd.org/termsandconditions. By accessing iLibrary and/or using any content found therein, You acknowledge that You have read and fully understood, and agree to be bound by, both sets of Terms and Conditions. The OECD reserves all rights not expressly granted.


Authorised Users”—individuals affiliated with the Customer who are authorised to access OECD Subscribed Material, in particular:

  1. for Customers who are academic institutions and not-for-profit organisations; members of faculty or staff - whether permanent, temporary, contract, visiting or retired - or students, alumni or other persons permitted to use Customer's library services; 
  2. for all other institutional Customers: current members of staff, whether on a permanent, temporary or contract basis; 
  3. for individual Customers: the Customer alone.

You” – a user of the OECD iLibrary.

Customer” – the person or institution paying the OECD iLibrary Subscription Fee on behalf of Authorised Users.

OECD” – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, publisher and, unless otherwise indicated, the copyright holder of the OECD Subscribed Material.

OECD Subscribed Material” – digital content including but not limited to data, publications and multimedia products (sound, image, software, etc.) accessible on OECD iLibrary and for which the Customer has paid a Subscription Fee.  It includes the back catalogue of relevant titles.

OECD iLibrary” – an online service containing OECD Subscribed Material that benefits from additional formats, features and functionalities which are accessible subject to a Subscription Fee.

Subscription Fee” - the amount payable by a Customer to access the advanced features and functionalities for OECD Subscribed Material on OECD iLibrary.

Grant of Access to OECD iLibrary

In consideration of the requisite Subscription Fee and agreement to abide by these Terms and Conditions and the Terms and Conditions of the OECD Website, the OECD grants the Customer a non-exclusive and non-transferable right to access OECD iLibrary and display OECD Subscribed Material on its secure internal network for use by Authorised Users. Authorised Users may access the OECD Subscribed Material either on the Customer's premises or from a remote location. To find out more about the information the OECD collects when You or Authorised Users access OECD iLibrary, and how the OECD handles the information required to enable access to OECD iLibrary, please consult the OECD’s Privacy Policy: www.oecd.org/privacy.

Additional Rights Associated with Permitted Use and Copy Restrictions

In addition to the rights already granted to all users, Authorised Users can incorporate OECD Subscribed Material in teaching materials, course packs and reserves (both digital and print, as well as other formats adapted to the needs of the visually impaired), for distance learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and scholarly communication. Each time You cite an OECD publication, You must include suitable acknowledgment of the OECD as source and copyright owner.

If You would like to use content found on the OECD iLibrary for commercial purposes or any other use (e.g. translation rights), please see the relevant section in the Terms and Conditions of the OECD Website at www.oecd.org/termsandconditions. Neither recovery of direct costs by the Customer from Authorised Users, nor use by the Customer or Authorised Users of OECD Subscribed Material in the course of non-commercial research funded by a commercial organisation is deemed to constitute commercial use.

Customers may make complete single electronic copy of OECD Subscribed Material for the purpose of maintenance of service and long-term archiving. Customers who are Academic and Not-For-Profit Organisations may transfer OECD Subscribed Material in the context of an electronic Inter-Library Loan, provided that such loans are non-commercial and non-recurring.

In addition, Authorised Users may use OECD Subscribed Material to perform and engage in text/data mining activities (TDM) for academic research and other educational purposes. The results of these activities can be mounted, loaded and integrated on a secure internal network and used in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Authorised Users may not display or distribute any part of the OECD Subscribed Material on any electronic network, including the Internet. Authorised Users may, however, display or distribute OECD Subscribed Material via a secure internal network for the limited purposes described in these Terms and Conditions.

The OECD reserves the right to limit or suspend any IP address’s access to text/data mining activities at any time and without notice for any reason, including if the OECD determines that You are using or are attempting to use the text/data mining activities and/or the collected text/data in violation of these Terms and Conditions, in such a way as to harm the OECD or any other party, or if You are placing too great a strain on the infrastructure necessary for making the OECD Subscribed Material available to a reasonable number of people. You agree not to use any technical means to interfere with the OECD’s monitoring of usage of the above-mentioned resources. The OECD reserves the right to use any technical means to overcome attempted technical interference with usage monitoring.

Subscription Fee

The Subscription Fee is due prior to the beginning of the subscription period. The Subscription Fee is exclusive of any sales, use, value-added or similar taxes, and the Customer shall be liable for any such taxes if applicable. The full list of titles and prices available for subscription can be found in the ‘About’ section of OECD iLibrary - www.oecd-ilibrary.org/oecd/about. The OECD reserves the right to modify, add, delete or cease updating titles to, from and in the OECD iLibrary. If deletions or terminations made during the Customer's current subscription period result in a 10% or more decrease to the OECD Subscribed Material (measured by page count for text and cell count for data), and if this decrease renders the OECD Subscribed Material substantially less useful, the Customer is entitled, upon request, to a proportional refund taking into account time elapsed, number of issues already available online and value of the title or titles within the Customer's overall subscription. A request for refund, in order to be considered, must be made prior to the end of the Customer's subscription period during which such modification to the OECD Subscribed Material occurred. In no case shall the OECD’s liability exceed the annual Subscription Fee paid by the Customer at the time of the decrease.

Restrictions on Usage

Except as provided otherwise in these Terms and Conditions, the transmission of OECD Subscribed Material to any third party who is not an Authorised User, via any means including but not limited to the Internet, the World-Wide Web, or e-mail, is expressly forbidden. Commercial usage or redistribution is strictly prohibited. The Customer may provide concurrent access to OECD iLibrary to multiple Authorised Users on a single site only, except in the case of Academic and Not-For-Profit Organisations with one or more campuses. Multi-site access for all other Customers via the Customer’s secure internal network may be subject to the payment of an additional fee – please contact the OECD at the address at the bottom of this page for more details. Walk-in users may access the OECD Subscribed Material only on the Customer's premises, including via a wireless secure internal network (Wi-Fi).

Transfer Restrictions

Access to OECD Subscribed Material is granted solely to the Customer and its Authorised Users and may not be transferred without prior written consent from the OECD. Any authorised transferee shall be bound by these Terms and Conditions and limited warranty. In no event may You transfer, assign, rent, lease, sell or otherwise dispose of OECD Subscribed Material on a temporary or permanent basis, except as provided otherwise in these Terms and Conditions.


Upon expiration of the subscription, the Customer will continue to have access, via OECD iLibrary, to the OECD Subscribed Material published throughout the period for which the Customer has paid the corresponding Subscription Fee. However, the grant of access will automatically terminate if the Customer fails to comply with any provision of these Terms and Conditions. In that case, the Customer must cease distribution and use of the OECD Subscribed Material and destroy any backup copies.

Service Commitment

The OECD retains the right to modify OECD iLibrary and the OECD Subscribed Material on it at any time. However, the OECD shall use reasonable efforts to ensure that the content on OECD iLibrary is available to the Customer and its Authorised Users on a 24-hour basis (except for routine maintenance) once the OECD has received the Subscription Fee, and that any interruption will be resolved as quickly as possible.


OECD Subscribed Material is supplied “as is” and the OECD therefore does not warrant, guarantee or make any representations, express or implied, regarding, but not limited to, the correctness, accuracy, reliability, currentness, merchantability, fitness for use for a particular purpose, or otherwise of the OECD Subscribed Material. Except as provided for under the section above entitled “Subscription Fee”, the OECD shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, or loss of business information) arising out of or related to the Customer’s and/or Authorised Users’ use or inability to use OECD Subscribed Material.

Territorial disclaimers

Information contained on OECD iLibrary does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the OECD Secretariat or its Members concerning the legal status of any country or of its authorities. Its content, as well as any data and any maps displayed are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area.

The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.

Note by Turkey

The information in the documents with reference to “Cyprus” relates to the southern part of the Island. There is no single authority representing both Turkish and Greek Cypriot people on the Island. Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Until a lasting and equitable solution is found within the context of the United Nations, Turkey shall preserve its position concerning the “Cyprus issue”.

Note by all the European Union Member States of the OECD and the European Union

The Republic of Cyprus is recognised by all members of the United Nations with the exception of Turkey. The information in the documents relates to the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

Preservation of Immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the OECD or of any related body or entity, which are specifically reserved.


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