Aberdeen University Library Special Collections & Museums

Website http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/
Address (Official Publications Library)
Taylor Library & European Documentation Centre
Dunbar Street
AB24 3UB(Main library)
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
Bedford Road
AB24 3AA
Telephone 01224 273334 or 01224 272601
Fax 01224 273893
Email  r.mcclure@abdn.ac.uk
Official Publications website (if available) https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/using-libraries/official-publications-266.php
Contact/Subject Specialist Principal Information Assistant
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Collection Description The Library holds extensive collections of UK and Scottish Parliamentary Publications. This includes House of Commons Papers and Bills, Command Papers, House of Lords Papers and Bills, House of Commons Parliamentary and Committee Debates, House of Lords Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons and House of Lords Journals and the Acts of Parliament. Scottish titles include Scottish Parliamentary Papers, The Official Report of the Scottish Parliament and all Parliamentary Committees, Bills and accompanying papers, Scottish Acts and the Scottish Executive/Government Papers. There are holdings of reports, policy documents and official statistics including Census documents from the UK and Scottish Governments.

Aberdeen University is a European Documentation Centre and receives copies of official publications from the European Union.

The collection includes publications from a wide range of international organisations including the United Nations, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, The Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

Please note, however, the library now has subscriptions to receive material electronically and no longer receives hard copies of most of the material listed above. External users are strongly advised to telephone first to ensure that we have the material they want to see.

Collection strengths This is the largest collection of Official Publications in the North of Scotland and one of the largest collections of EU information in Scotland.
Access to Official Publications Access is available to:

  • University member
  • Organisations staff
  • General public
  • Other

Access by other users: There are no restrictions on anyone wishing to use the libraries. Our holdings can be checked online at http://aulib.abdn.ac.uk/F but visitors should be aware that they will not be able to access most of the electronic resources.

Additional information relating to access is available at: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/using-libraries/accessing-our-libraries-145.php

Some electronic resources are available to visitors using the Walk-in Users Service at the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Information is available at: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/using-libraries/the-sir-duncan-rice-library-338.php#panel356

Services (related to Official Publications) There is an information service to staff, students and the general public. Short enquiries are not usually subject to a charge.  Enquiries requiring expensive research cannot be undertaken. Photocopying of documents is a charged service.
Subscription Databases
  • ProQuest House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)
  • Other (please provide detail if possible) – Public Information Online
Passage of Bills series No subscription
Entry updated September 2019

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