Official publications

Official Publications describes the holdings of the British Official Publications Collection and the European Documentation Centre (EDC).

British Official Publications

The British Official Publications Collection holds:

  • parliamentary papers: papers needed by parliament to conduct its business or resulting directly from the proceedings of parliament; the main categories are:
    • House of Commons
    • House of Lords
    • Command Papers
  • non-parliamentary papers: official publications issued by government departments and not as part of the Parliamentary process, including department reports, research reports, and statistics

European Documentation Centre

The majority of European materials are available online via the EU Bookshop Digital Library and the key European Union websites found on Lawlinks.

An excellent place to start your search is European Sources Online.

We also have a limited historic collection within the Templeman Library which can be found using LibrarySearch.

Need help?

For help accessing official publications, please visit the IT & Library Support Desk (Block C, Floor 1) or email

For more in-depth assistance please email


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Last Updated: 13/11/2018