The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently marked the 75th anniversary of the Index Translationum, a comprehensive database of the world's translated works.
The index, which currently has some 1,700,000 entries listing more than 250,000 authors, contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in some 800 languages in about 130 UNESCO Member States since 1979. Updated every four months, it is now accessible online and used by librarians, archivists, researchers, editors, journalists, translators and others. The references registered before 1979 are available in the printed editions of the index, which are in all national depositary libraries and at the UNESCO library in Paris. Each year the national libraries or bibliography centres in participating countries send UNESCO the bibliographical data concerning translated books