Since its establishment in 1959, the Economic Commission for Africa Library connected (advanced) administrative and research information needs of the Commission and the region. Engaging users through discovery, digital collections, and specialized research support, ECA Library delivers exceptional experiences (services/knowledge) to its user communities.

The mission of the Library, as a central catalyst for organizational effectiveness, is to continuously enrich and add value to the Commission's knowledge ecosystem, by providing reliable access to high quality resources and services to staff members and other stakeholders, wherever they may be. In 2010, the Library joined the ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD) with a new mandate giving is a new name, Library and Information Management Services.

The Library is committed to the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of the knowledge in order to facilitate the Commission to serve as an integrated information service and resource center for Africa. Driven by the ECA Knowledge Management strategy, Knowledge and Library Services addresses 3 aspects of performance management