University of Glasgow Library

Address Hillhead Street
G12 8QE
Telephone 0141-330-6740
Official Publications website (if available)
Contact/Subject Specialist Kirsteen Valenti
Head of Maps, Official Publications & Statistics Unit
0141-330- 6740 / 3176 or department email:
Collection Description

The Library has an extensive collection of the publications of the Westminster Parliament from the early 19th century to the present day, together with extensive holdings of the publications of government departments.

The collection includes most of the major publications of the Westminster Parliament including: Command Papers, House of Commons Papers, House of Commons Bills, House of Lords Papers & Bills, the Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) and the Acts of Parliament. The print collection of 19th century papers is one of the best in Scotland. Please note that our paper holdings stop at the time of the general election, October 2010. Access is now available via Public Information Online (Univ. of Glasgow staff/students only).

The Scottish Parliament collection includes all publications produced by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government/Executive including: Scottish Parliament Papers, Official Report of the Scottish Parliament, Official Reports of all Parliamentary Committees, Acts and Bills & other statutory publications and Scottish Government/Executive Papers. Please note that our paper holdings stop at the time of the Scottish Parliamentary Election, May 2011. Access is now available via Public Information Online (Univ. of Glasgow staff/students only).

Scottish Parliamentary Acts and Debates pre -1700 are located on Level 8 of the Library.

The collection also includes extensive holdings of official statistics, which includes data on population censuses, employment, agriculture, trade and industry, transport, finance, education, elections and medical provision.

The Library is also a European Documentation Centre and receives copies of all major documents issued by the European Union. The European Documentation centre is the largest source of European information in the West of Scotland and one of the largest in the United Kingdom

The Library has an extensive Council of Europe collection which is the largest of its kind in the country and includes all major reports and policy statements issued by the Council and the judgements and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

Collection strengths

The collections are housed within the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on Level 7 of the Library. A specialist enquiry service is available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Access to Official Publications Access is available to:

  • University member
  • Organisations staff
  • General public
  • Other

Access by other users:
No restrictions on anyone wanting to use the Official Publications collection for reference use.

Services (related to Official Publications)
  • Subscription to Westlaw (access for staff/students of University of Glasgow only)
  • Extensive Map Collection, including subscription to Digimap (access for University of Glasgow staff/students only) and gallery of zoomable maps
Subscription Databases
  • Index to House of Commons Papers on CD
  • ProQuest House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)
  • Other – Public Information Online
Passage of Bills series Coverage 1999-2011
Entry updated November 2017

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