POPLINE® is the world's largest database of reproductive health literature. It provides free access to the most comprehensive, in-depth, and up-to-date source of evidence-based knowledge and field-sourced information on population, family planning, and reproductive health.

Girls learn how to use computers in a training mobile van parked near their homes in Guna district in Madhya Pradesh, India. The training program is supported by the NGO, Great India Dream Foundation. © 2010 Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare

For more than three decades, POPLINE has been a unique and invaluable resource in both developed and developing countries, assisting the following audiences to improve the quality and outcome of their work:

  • Health and Population Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Scholars
  • Teachers
  • Students

Covering the world’s published and unpublished population-related literature, POPLINE contains nearly 350,000 records with abstracts on the following topics:

  • Family Planning Methods
  • Family Planning Programs
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health
  • Gender
  • Health Communication
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Population Dynamics
  • Population, Health, and Environment
  • Population Law and Policy
  • Reproductive Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections

Many documents—including scientific, technical, and programmatic publications as well as unpublished documents and project reports—are unique to the collection and unavailable elsewhere. Full-text document delivery of most documents cited in POPLINE is available to individuals and organizations in low- and middle-income countries.

Comprehensive coverage and content quality have helped make POPLINE one of the most frequently used databases in developing countries. In order to continue to improve and expand this service, we need your help. Please consider sharing your research, projects, data, and opinions with the network of POPLINE users.

Be a part of POPLINE!  Send copies of your publications to popline@jhuccp.org.


  • I am pursuing research in Mathematical Demography on the topic "Some Models for the Study of Migration and Related Characteristics". Since many of publications are not online, I and some of my fellow researchers have found them in your library. So we found your collection very useful in our reference work to find out previous work done in population sciences and related field. So, we found POPLINE very useful in our daily reference.

    Niraj Kumar Singh Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • I used POPLINE information to develop, plan and manage the Community-based Management of Malnutrition (CMAM) Programme in 3 districts in Zimbabwe (Makoni, Nyanga and Hurungwe). I also used the information I received from POPLINE to evaluate this same programme for my MSc. internship research at Wageningen University. I excelled in my studies as well as in the execution of the program such that today I sit as the co-chair of the national CMAM working group.

    Tendai Gunda Harare, Zimbabwe
  • There is no doubt that POPLINE is THE database for reproductive and sexual health among other topics.

    John Eyers Campbell Collaboration