, the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network, has been established to support networking and capacity building between documentation centres and libraries in the area of adult learning and literacy.
ALADIN is working towards facilitating global access to information and documentation on adult learning and serving as an information broker between researchers, practitioners and policy makers by:
- sharing relevant information on adult learning;
- correcting the uneven distribution of adult learning documentation and information resources;
- providing training in adult learning knowledge management.
Today it comprises of 95 documentation centres in 47 countries in all regions of the world, with some being complex university libraries and research units, some being small NGO resource centres and others being virtual collections. The various activities of ALADIN are co-ordinated by Lisa Krolak, the Head of Documentation at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learing (UIL), in close co-operation with the international ALADIN Advisory Committee. Contact: Lisa Krolak, ALADIN Co-ordinator, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Feldbrunnenstrasse 58, 20148 Hamburg, Germany. Tel.: (+49) 40 44804133, Fax: (+49) 40 4107723,
The collection comprises more than 63,000 books, documents, non-print media and periodicals on the subjects of Adult Education, Non-formal Education, Lifelong Learning.

• 60% of the holdings are English-language materials, followed by publications in German, French, Spanish and a variety of other languages.
• An online catalogue gives access to the general collection. A separate catalogue provides access to a special collection of sample literacy learning materials.
• A Bibliography on Lifelong Learning and a New Acquisitions List are published regularly and distributed free of charge.
• The Documentation Centre and Library is open to the general public and residents of Hamburg may borrow materials free of charge. The following user guidelines do apply.