British Library for Development Studies

The British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) holds Europe's largest collection on economic and social research. These unique holdings, built up over 40 years, consist of approximately one million items held in over four miles of shelving space. Over half the collection originates from developing countries and much of this is unavailable in other European or US libraries.

BLDS is freely open for reference purposes to anyone wishing to use the resources in person. It is also possible to take out paid membership, allowing borrowing.

BLDS also runs a number of global outreach programmes including:

  • Information literacy programme which delivers workshops, develops new training tools and supports learning communities to strengthen the information literacy skills of researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the South
  • Digitising and profiling southern research in collaboration with institutions across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
  • Publication exchange programme with a range of institutions in over 30 countries
  • Free document delivery service to research organisations in the South, delivered in partnership with the Global Development Network.

To search the BLDS catalogue or read more about the global programmes, please visit the BLDS website.

Team Members

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Building a global digital repository of developing country research

BLDS is developing an open access repository which will feature Southern-published research, much of which is currently not available online. More details

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