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Commonwealth iLibrary

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The Commonwealth Secretariat’s publications are a key part of the organisation’s mission to work as a trusted partner for all Commonwealth people as a force for peace, democracy, equality and good governance; a catalyst for global consensus-building; and a source of assistance for sustainable development and poverty eradication. For the first time, these publications are now available online in a single research repository, The Commonwealth iLibrary. The Commonwealth iLibrary has been developed in partnership with OECD Publishing as part of the IGO Partnership Programme.

Key Facts


  • Reduced pricing versus direct access
  • Tiered pricing – major savings for smaller sites
  • Annual opt-out

Important dates

Agreement start date: 1 February 2019 
Agreement end date: 31 January 2022
Agreement invoice date: Institutions will be invoiced on 1 November 2019 and 2020

Licence Type

Site licence

Commitment Period

This Agreement is of 3 years duration. Institutions may join the Agreement at any time during the Agreement period. They will then be committed to the end of the Agreement Period unless they give appropriate notice to cancel.

Notice to cancel must be received by 01 October 2019 or 01 October 2020.


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Chest Help.

Eligible Institutions

Universities, colleges and other learning, educational and research bodies in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Other organisations aligned with JISC’s charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. JISC will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Background Information

The Commonwealth iLibrary was added into the OECD Chest Agreement in 2017, and remains part of the Agreement, which has been going since 2010. The renewal overlaps with the previous agreement to allow new subscribing sites to participate beyond the expiry of the previous agreement.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), in partnership with Wize Nordic AB. OECD is an intergovernmental institution having its headquarters at 2 rue André Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France.

Service Provider: Wize Nordic AB is a company incorporated in Sweden having its headquarters at Kungsgatan 44, S-111 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Product Description

Each year, The Commonwealth publishes around 30 new titles on a range of topics in which it has particular insight and expertise, especially concerning small states, including;

  • globalisation and multilateral trade issues
  • export and enterprise development
  • education
  • gender
  • public service management and reform
  • law and human rights

The Commonwealth iLibrary offers wide ranging research and knowledge to a variety of audiences:

  • Universities and research organisations
  • Businesses and private sector
  • Government and public administrations
  • Non-governmental organisations and think tanks
  • Libraries

Most content is available to access in PDF format for subscribers, more recent content is also offered in ePub format; and full READ access for all users by clicking the READ icon. READ editions are optimised for browser-enabled 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 be embedded.

Content items (October 2018):

  • 1 050 ebook titles
  • 9 190 chapters
  • 230 working papers

Access and Identity Management Solution





IP address range


Username / Password


Technical Function Specification

The supplier confirms that throughout the term of the agreement the products will comply with the standards indicated.

Technical Function



Full Text Linking



Federated Searching

Z39.50 protocol


Search & retrieve SRW/SRU



Metadata OAI-PMH


Web feeds RSS/Atom


Dublin Core


Metadata Standards





Embargo Periods


Yes, No, N/A

Digital Preservation







Usage Statistics






Yes, No, N/A


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines


Personalisation features


Yes, No, N/A

Service Levels




New content is added daily.


All additions and new functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.

Service and Support


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Chest Help.

Login information


Technical Support

Support will be provided by Wize Nordic via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. Wize Nordic support can be contacted at

  • email: Dan@contentonline.co.uk 
  • phone: + 46 768 94 89 29

Product Documentation

Comprehensive help files are included here OECD iLibrary Help.

Training and Training Materials

A tour of OECD material is located here www.oecd.org/publishing/iLibrary.  All queries about training should be directed to Wize Nordic:
Dan Ahlskog
Wize Nordic
OECD iLibrary customer service & information - UK and Ireland
Tel: +46 (0) 850 10 31 93
Mobile: +46 (0) 768 94 89 29
Email: Dan@contentonline.co.uk 

Terms and Conditions

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.

Licence Type

This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources except that clause 10.4 has been amended. The amendment is shown at the bottom of this page.

Payment Terms

This Agreement is of 3 years duration, commencing 1 February 2019 and terminating 31 January 2022.

Institutions may join the Agreement at any time during that period.

On receipt of a completed Licence, Institutions will be invoiced for the Agreement year in which the Licence is signed.

For the subsequent years, unless cancellation notice is received by Eduserv, Institutions will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement, on 1 November 2019 and 2020.

There is monthly prorata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to JISC, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

What are institutions and library services allowed to do?

Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes


Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material


Deposit learning and teaching objects in repositories


Interlibrary loan


Who can use the resource?


On site

Remote access







Walk-in users



Alumni members



What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes – defined as:

  • education
  • teaching
  • distance learning
  • private study
  • academic research
  • administration and management of the Licensee’s educational or research operations


  • See the Licence for any exclusions and restrictions
  • The resources may not be used for anything other than Educational Purposes unless the Licence Extension for Commercial Projects has been bought; this allows use for the restricted “Commercial Projects” defined – see Annex B of the Licence (Licence Extension for Commercial Projects)
  • Downloading of large amounts of material by authorised users that might be considered ‘systematic’.

Termination Clauses

The Fee for early termination in accordance with clause 10.4 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil.

The Fee for retention rights upon termination in accordance with clause 10.5 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil.

Post termination copies of parts of the Licensed Material already made and/or used by the Licensee or Authorised Users in accordance with clause 2.2 may be retained and used in accordance with the terms of this Licence Agreement – see Licence Term 10.5

Once the Agreement has terminated then no further access to the service and to future publications will be possible unless the Agreement is renewed or extended.

If the Agreement is renewed or extended then new conditions will apply. If the Agreement is not renewed then renewal is a matter between Institutions and OECD.

Institutions have the right to opt out of the agreement each year by giving notice on or before 1 October to cancel with effective from 31 January the following year.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.

Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions

Please note that clause 10.4 has been amended for this Agreement. The written notice period is now 120 days, and not 60. Therefore, written notice of early termination should be served on or before the 1 October prior to the subsequent term end date of 31 January.

Products and Pricing

All prices are in GBP and exclude VAT.

Price for UK HE and FE is based on JISC Bands.

Those organisations without a JISC Band accepted by OECD will be banded on application to Chest Help.

Payment terms are shown on the terms and Conditions tab.

Please note, the below pricing includes details of other OECD products (UN iLibrary, OECD iLibrary), details of which can be found in their respective Agreements. This is to facilitate ease of ordering.

CW iLibrary Pricing


OECD Pricing


UN iLibrary pricing


Related Agreements

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