UNESCO Education UIL

UNESCO Regional Office for Education in the Arab States, Lebanon

Documentation and Information Centre

The UNESCO Documentation and Information Centre was founded in 1962 in Beirut. Plundered during the Lebanese war, it was reopened in 1996 for the Arab Region. Its objective is to collect information and documentation in all educational fields such as: basic education, technical and vocational education, higher education and scientific research, financing education, literacy and adult education. The idea of a Network of Networks of Adult Education Documentation and Information Services is to promote better informed researchers, experts and specialists. Within the Network of Networks of Adult Education Documentation and Information Services the UNESCO Office for Education in Beirut emphasized the thought of providing a central database with the needed information on adult education.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Basic education, Education, Higher education, Literacy, Vocational education

User Profile:

Researchers; adult educators; policy–makers; students; trainees

Contact Information


Bir Hassan -
Cité Sportive Avenue

Mailing Address:
P O Box 5244

(961–1) 850 0039/40 and 850013/14/15
(961–1) 824 854
Contact person:
Dina Karam

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
UN Agencies
Dr. Hamed Al Hammami
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Arab States
Working Languages:
Arabic, English, French


Books and Documents:
4.000 books; 6.000 UNESCO documents
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
50 videos on Education for All, 30 CD–ROMs (all from UNESCO)
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Methods of Data Processing
Computer/Online processing
Indexing Tool
UNESCO Thesaurus
Database Software
CDS/ISIS; Berytos

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Provision of bibliographic information; dissemination of UNESCO programmes for public information; dissemination of training materials; responding to requests from the general public; loan of documents; public information services

Publications Produced

Various publications on education in Arab countries

Special Activities

Conducting workshops on how to use new technologies; dissemination of training materials

Studies and Surveys

Various studies and consultancy reports