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Parliamentary papers are available
for consulting at the Library.

With over one million items, the National Library of Scotland holds one of the largest collections of official publications in the United Kingdom.

We also have the largest collection of official publications in Scotland.

Parliamentary publications

The legal deposit privilege ensures comprehensive coverage of publications from the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments, together with the publications of their respective government departments and agencies.

Overseas publications

In addition we have extensive collections of overseas publications, including material from the United States and Commonwealth countries.

We act as a depository library for the United Nations and for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.


We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the collection, or about official publications in general: please email the Official Publications Curator.


Collections overview