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Durham University

University Library

British Official Publications

The British Official Publications unit concentrates on British Government publications, published by The Stationery Office (TSO) (formerly Her Majesty's Stationery Office - HMSO) since 1972. From 1999 the collection has focused on the UK's central government and Parliamentary Publications.

Other official publications (such as those of foreign governments, international organisations, local government and those not published by the official publisher) may be held elsewhere in the Library and can be traced through the Catalogue. The Law Collection at Palace Green includes official records of the General Assembly and the three councils of the United Nations.

All publications in the collection are included in the Catalogue. Some material, such as reports of select committees, is only recorded in the Library Catalogue under the name of the committee. Staff are able to offer guidance with more difficult queries.

Internet Resources

Some official publications, such as departmental and parliamentary reports, can be found on the internet. A locally compiled list of internet resources relevant to UK National Government, Local Government and Political Parties is available.