UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC)

Knowledge Management Section

  • Founded:

OREALC, the UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, founded in 1963 to represent and execute UNESCO's objectives in the Region, maintains an extensive educational documentation and information service. Although not exclusively specialized in adult education, increasing attention is given to adult literacy and basic education, out-of-school education of youth, human rights and to the culture of peace. Ready to participate actively in the Network of Networks as the node for adult education in Latin America and the Caribbean, OREALC has a Digital Library with the objective of providing the adult education research community with information published in this office in Spanish.

Countries served: 
Latin America and the Caribbean
Library staff total: 
Parent organisation: 


Books and documents: 


Periodicals p.a.: 


Multimedia / Audiovisual Material: 

300 videos and CD-ROMs

Annual growth: 


Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules: 


Classification System: 

Correlative number

Methods of Data Processing: 


Indexing Tool: 

UNESCO: IBE Education Thesaurus; UNESCO Thesaurus

Database Software: 


Services and Special Activites

Information Services Provided: 

Responding to requests; compiling bibliographies; searching internal and external databases; document delivery; inter-library loan; selective dissemination of information (via email); distribution of database to other libraries; database in CD-ROM and Internet: Latino V, Bancos Bibliográficos Latinoamericanos y de el Caribe V.

Special Activities: 

Document collection; document dissemination; publication. Training OREALC's staff in the use of new technologies used by the center. Development and creation of Documentation Centres to help NGOs to organize their information.


HURIDOCS (network of human rights); networks of Documentation Center of NGO's and Chilean universities; ALADIN; educa-dh network.

Studies and Surveys: 

Research on Internet and education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Implementing a database: EDWEB containing websites on education. Collaborating with REDUC in the Research "State of the art of adult and youth education in Latin America as part of the process of CONFINTEA follow up (OREALC-UIE).

Other Material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work: 
  • Lack of personnel in information technology.
Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services: 
  • Putting most of their documents on-line on their website;
  • Strengthen focus on culture of peace and human rights;
  • Improve new technology equipment and facilities;
  • Online database in LATINO (Universidad de Colima) website;
  • Publications online (virtual documentation center).
Role envisaged within the Network of Networks: 
  • To participate as a Latin American and Caribbean node, delivering bibliographies related to adult education, adolescents, gender education, human rights, discrimination, etc. via e-Mail, especially in Spanish.

Contact Information

Enrique Delpiano 2058
Providencia (Pza. Pedro de Valdivia)

Mailing Address:
Casilla 127
C.Postal 7511019
Santiago, Chile

Tel.: (+56-2) 472 4611
Fax.: (+56-2) 655 1046
Contact language: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Contact Person

Ms. Victoria Uranga

Head Person

Mr. Jorge Sequeira

Type of parent organisation

Regional Organization

Area of specialization

Adult education
Basic education
Citizenship education
Educational policy
Peace education
Special needs education

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