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Official Publications : Overseas Official Publications

Publications held at Southampton

The University of Southampton Library holds very few overseas governments' official publications.  Those we do hold are listed on our catalogue.

Requesting publications by Inter-Library Loan

If you identify a small number of publications that are not available online, we may be able to get them on Inter-library Loan.  Please provide a full reference and any useful additional information with your request.

Online Access via Official Websites

If you have the name of a specific document, try a Google search.  Otherwise, you could go to the official websites of overseas governments or parliaments.

Searching Official Websites using Google's Advanced Search

Many websites offer a search facility but it is often more effective to search a website via Google.  Use Google's Advanced Search and limit by site or domain (e.g.  You could also select PDF as 'File type', to retrieve whole documents as opposed to web pages.

Using other Libraries for Printed Official Publications

Few libraries in the UK have extensive holdings of overseas official publications and libraries that do may not include items on their catalogues. 

The two libraries that are most accessible and have good collections are The British Library and the London School of Economics.  We recommend that you email a named official publications librarian for further information on the collections and to ask about access arrangements.

Do not visit another library without checking that they have what you need and that you can get access.  To visit the London School of Economics, you should join SCONUL Access.  To use the British Library you must register for a Reader Pass.

Please ask if you would like help finding a library or planning a visit.