The Library at the University of Southampton has a particularly strong collection of British Official Publications, known as the Ford Collection*. For example, we have a complete holding of House of Commons Papers from 1801 to the present.
The majority of new items are also published on the web, whilst some items are not produced in print at all.
Because of the volume of documents and the different types of documents, it can be difficult to trace Official Publications. We hope this guide will help you to find items in the Hartley Library and/or online, but do please ask for help when you need to.
* The Collection is named after the late Professor Percy Ford, who, with his wife Dr Grace Ford, brought the collection to Southampton and conducted research based on the collection. The Fords compiled 'breviates' or 'select lists' which form the basis of our catalogue records for those received before October 2007. Since that date all new items have been fully catalogued, but records for the earlier publications are selective.
'Official Publications' are documents, irrespective of subject matter or format, which are produced by any organisation deemed to be an 'official body' and which are made available to the public. In the Hartley Library, our Collection includes the following:
In addition to our printed collections, many such documents are also available online.
The services listed below are those found to be most reliable and comprehensive. Many are freely available to all, but some are restricted to current members of the University.
Despite the wealth of online access, there will still be times when you simply have to, or wish to, use print. This may be for reasons of access, or because digitised versions lack colour or clarity, or because you wish to be sure that the digital version is a true replica.
Print Still Matters was a project by SCOOP: the Standing Committee on Official Publications, which considered the value of print holdings. The project's web page shows locations of printed holdings in United Kingdom libraries, along with a selection of guides and related materials. For librarians, it also includes relegation guides.