FAQs

Submit your questions, contact publications@imf.org.

  

General questions

See the Startup Guide for step-by-step instructions on accessing and navigating the IMF eLibrary.

Q: Is there any content that requires a subscription?

A: All published electronic content on IMF Sites is free. There are no publications, databases or areas of the IMF Sites that require fees or subscriptions. You should be able to access anything you see on IMF eLibrary, IMF.org, MCM Data or IMF Data. The only exception to this is Economic Review, which is co-published and sold by Palgrave.

Q: Where can I see a list of content types and series in eLibrary?

A: Click on the Publication series tab at the top of the page, and drill down from there.

Q: How do I access IMF Data?

A: The link at the top of the screen takes you directly to the statistical data interface.

Q: What is the Recommended Reading List?

A: The Recommended Reading List features publications grouped by current topics and by regions. The Essential Reading section on the homepage is a subset of this list.

  

Use rights

Q: What can I do with the content on eLibrary?

A: The IMF eLibrary is meant to be used by individuals for research and teaching. Users can download, print, save and share content for typical personal use or fair use guidelines. No commercial or systematic distribution is permitted. Please see our Copyright & Usage policy for the specific rules.

Q: Is IMF content public domain?

A: No. The IMF is making its content free for many uses, but content rights are reserved except for those specifically allowed by our Copyright & Usage policy. If you would like to request rights not granted by our Copyright and Usage policy, or if you are unsure whether your intended use is allowed, please contact us at copyright@imf.org or the Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com.

Q: Can I use these publications in electronic reserve or coursepacks?

A: Yes, the use is free for academic institutions and their enrolled students. We only request that you let us know you intend to use the materials in that way by contacting us at copyright@imf.org . We also provide free print copies for course adoption review at https://bookstore.imf.org/exam-copies. All other distribution or re-use is subject to permission and fees by request at copyright@imf.org or the Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com.

  

Content

Q: Where can I find a log of corrections for publications?

A: Corrections and revisions made after publication are incorporated into the electronic editions available on the IMF eLibrary. Visit the corrections page to access detailed log files for specific publications.

Q: What is AREAER Online?

A: AREAER Online AREAER Online is the online database format of the Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions (AREAER). Launched in 2011, the database provides historical information to 1999 and allows searching by country or by concept. The database is included in all subscriptions that contain the Periodicals Collection. The full collection of reports can be found under Periodicals and include all updates since the first year of publication in 1950.

Q: Are IMF Staff Papers included in eLibrary?

A: Yes, the archive is available in eLibrary. The last issue was published in Spring 2010. It has been replaced by IMF Economic Review, co-published and sold by Palgrave Macmillan.

Q: How do I find content in languages other than English?

A: There are limited publications in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. If a publication is in other languages, there will be a drop-down menu under the document that provides format options.

Q: How often is the eLibrary updated with new content?

A: Content is added daily.

Q: Where can I find more information about the conversion from BPM5 to BPM6?

A: The IMF Statistics Department has published an FAQs guide to assist users.

Q: What if I cannot find a publication?

A: Contact publications@imf.org if you are unable to find a specific publication.  

Technology

Q: Can I share content with my colleagues?

A: Yes, you can share links, searches, and favorites electronically with anyone via our social media tools or e-mail. Please do not re-post content and follow our Copyright and Usage policy.

Q: Do I have to enable cookies in order for the IMF eLibrary to recognize my IP authentication?

A: Yes, to ensure that your access to the IMF eLibrary Web site through IP authentication is functional, please allow cookies from the eLibrary site. For Internet Explorer (IE) users, the privacy settings at the highest levels may prevent the IP authentication from functioning. For all browsers, private browsing that refuses cookies could interfere with your IP-based access. For further assistance, please contact us.

Q: Can I use eLibrary on my mobile device?

A: The IMF eLibrary provides text formats compatible with iPads, iPhones, and Kindles.

Q: What citation formats do you support?

A: The IMF eLibrary supports Endnote, ProCite, ReferenceManager, RefWorks, BibTex, and Zotero. 

Searching

Q: What is the difference between simple and advanced search?

A: The default simple search is “All” which searches the full text and metadata (author, title, source, ISBN, abstract) in all publications in eLibrary. Use the dropdown box to switch from All to Catalog (metadata only), Title, or Author. Advanced search allows you to search by a specific field, such as title, source, or series, or combine concepts.

Q: What is the difference between search and browse?

A: When you search for a publication, the results are returned at the chapter or article level. When you browse for a publication, the results are returned at the title level--the complete book or journal, not its separate parts. You can browse by Countries, Topics, Publication series, or Authors from the tabs at the top of the home page.

Q: How can I refine or narrow my search?

A:First, browse or do a simple or advanced search to get an initial set of results. Then, you can “Search within results” to search within publications using a single word or phrase. You can also refine your search by Content Type, Countries/Region, Topics, Languages, or Date.

Personal accounts

See the Personal Accounts Guide for step-by-step instructions on creating a personal account, selecting content, and adding tags.

Q: Why do I see a "sign in" link if I already have access to the eLibrary?

A: If you register and create a personal account within the eLibrary then you will be able to save content, save searches, and create alerts. These options will be accessible under "My eLibrary."

Q: Do I need to create a personal account to use the eLibrary?

A: No. You can search, view, or download documents without creating a personal account or signing in. 

Q: How do I change my password for the personal account?

A: Once you have signed in, click on My eLibrary and then My Account. Enter the new password, confirm, and save.

Q: If I access content and perform searches before signing in to My eLibrary, will these be viewable once I am signed in?

A: Yes. These will show up under the My content or My searches, recently viewed. If you try to save content or searches before signing in, you will be prompted to sign in.

Q: How can I create an alert from a saved search?

A: After completing your search, hit Save. You will be prompted to save the search with a title, notes, and the option of being alerted by e-mail if there are any updates to the search results. You must be logged into your personal account in order to create alerts.

For account admins or librarians

Q: Where are the MARC records?

A: MARC records are available on the For librarians page. 

Q: Do I need to download the complete file of MARC records every time, or is there a change/add/delete file?

A: Both the complete file and a change/add/delete file are available.

Q: How often do you update MARC records, and how will I know when there is an update?

A: MARC records are updated monthly and noted in the news section. If you subscribe to the news RSS on the homepage, you will be notified automatically.