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With over two million items, the National Library of Scotland holds one of the largest collections of official publications in the United Kingdom.
Official publications are the publications of worldwide organisations, the British government, Scottish government and their departments.
Our collections include the publications of the UK and Northern Ireland, Irish and Scottish Parliaments. This includes their governments and devoted assemblies, agencies and non-departmental public bodies. We also have official publications of Commonwealth countries, the United States and intergovernmental organisations.
As a result of the 1710 Copyright Act and of the Library's historical background as the library of the Faculty of Advocates, we have the largest collection of official publications in Scotland.
The collection includes a number of items not readily available elsewhere. Read more about how to find items in our collection.
We are happy to answer any questions you have about the collection, or about official publications in general — please email the Official Publications Curator.