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Government Publications, including Statistics

Collection Details

Government Publications, including Statistics held at The Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The Library has since its foundation placed the utmost importance on the collections of government information, recognising that they are essential primary source material for the social sciences.

The general scope of the official publications collection is in line with the subject specialisations of the LSE and the general Collection Development policy statement of the Library. However, given the particular nature and extent of official publishing, collection policy is qualified by a number of provisos. Although the collections are international in scope, publications from different countries are collected to four different levels, A-D, based on a grading scheme detailed in the collection development policies.

Japan and Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) (except for UN and EU) are in Collection Level B, and have the most extensive coverage among the Areas. Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand are in Collection Level C. All other countries in the Area are in Collection Level D, in which principal statistical serials, censuses of population, and development plans are collected where available.

Statistical material in non-European scripts will only be retained if at least outline table headings are provided in a European language.

History and development

Official publications were collected extensively for all countries .....


The Library collection of official (including IGO) publications is strong overall due to its size, spread, depth and high level of collecting activity over time. In addition, the personal links which LSE staff and students have had and still have with many governments and inter-governmental organisations helps to give the collection relevance.

As regards specific parts of the collection, the following areas are particularly strong: publications from the Commonwealth countries, particularly India and its states (chiefly historical) and statistical publications.

General arrangement and access regulations

Printed Government Publications, including Statistics, are on open access.

Official publications are arranged by Country. For each Country, there is a further subdivision into a monograph sequence and a periodicals sequence. Material in the Current Statistics Collection (last 20 years) and Historical Statistics Collection is classified first by a number representing the country or other geographical area covered (taken from the Dewey decimal classification scheme), or by an acronym for an intergovernmental organization, e.g. ADB or UN, and then by an alphanumeric code in brackets representing the broad subject area, e.g. HA155 for general or economic statistics, HA161 for demographic statistics.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.


Anthropology, Development, Economics, Geography, History, Human rights, International relations, Philosophy, Politics and government, Sociology, Women.

Languages as linguistic focus


Names relevant to the collection:

  • Asian Development Bank
  • Association of South East Asian Nations
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Organization)

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Computer files (includes CD-ROMs & other electronic material), Maps (includes all types of cartographic material), Official publications, Serials.

Total size of collection

50,000 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has stayed the same.

Annual intake

1700 volumes

Content date range

1890 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

An interlibrary loan service is available for LSE staff and students, however the Library is one of the backup libraries for the British Library Document Supply Centre's Inter-Library Loans service. It reserves the right to refuse requests if items are needed for LSE coursework or if items are in poor condition.

Co-operative agreements

  • The Library has been a depository for publications of the Asian Development Bank since 1993.

Collection policy

Collection policies are being reviewed in 2002.

Retention policy

Collection Catalogue Information


Items acquired since 1980 and an increasing number of older items can be found on our web-based catalogue. Older items can be searched by author through the online card catalogue, accessible via the web-based catalogue.

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Not applicable

Catalogue scripts

Not applicable

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