World Bank Databases

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The Library as been an integral part of the former Pius XII College since its inception. It was established in 1954 as the nucleus collection of the former Pius XII College. The current building site of the Library was constructed in 1954. The Library played a central role during the UBBS, UBLS historical eras and as the university metamorphosed over the years.

Today the library still forms an integral part of academic environment at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

The current building where the library is situated was constructed in 1964. The building was named after Thomas Mofolo when it became the NUL Library. The Library has since evolved into a conglomerate of a conventional library, the archives, documentation unit, a museum section. It offers other services that harmoniously provide information for academic and related purposes.

The library service operates from the Roma campus-based Thomas Mofolo Library (TML) building that is the hub and the source of a variety of information resources. 

The NUL management saw the need to extend the original Library building to cope with the current and increasing student population and the NUL community in general. The new library extension at the Roma campus has been constructed and furnished.

The new extended block is currently being utilized by both student and NUL staff library users as well as external users.

Thomas Mofolo Library (TML) has over the years, extended its services through to other NUL campus designated areas and the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS).

World Bank Global Development Finance database

Global Development Finance (GDF) Online offers external debt and financial flow data for over 129 countries that report public and publicly guaranteed debt to the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System. Time series includes over 200 indicators from 1970 through 2017. The database covers external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios as well as average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, and scheduled debt service projections.

Subject Strengths

Global Development Finance Online includes over 200 indicators: For a complete list of indicators visit the World Bank website.

Service Strengths

  • Full indexed databases, cross-searchable
  • Advanced search features
  • Small file sizes to facilitate downloading
  • Easy navigation through regional collections
  • Metadata provided in Excel so each title can be listed in online library catalogues
  • COUNTER compliant usage statistics
  • Mapping function available
  • Different language interfaces including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese

World Bank Global Development Finance database

Global Development Finance (GDF) Online offers external debt and financial flow data for over 129 countries that report public and publicly guaranteed debt to the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System. Time series includes over 200 indicators from 1970 through 2017. The database covers external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios as well as average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, and scheduled debt service projections.

Subject Strengths

Global Development Finance Online includes over 200 indicators: For a complete list of indicators visit the World Bank website.

Service Strengths

  • Full indexed databases, cross-searchable
  • Advanced search features
  • Small file sizes to facilitate downloading
  • Easy navigation through regional collections
  • Metadata provided in Excel so each title can be listed in online library catalogues
  • COUNTER compliant usage statistics
  • Mapping function available
  • Different language interfaces including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese