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British Government Publications

A guide to finding and using British government publications in the Alexander Library. Also includes links to relevant databases and websites.


Like United States government documents, not all British documents are published by the official printing office, TSO (The Stationery Office). Privatized in 1996, this office took over the job of HMSO (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office), which was founded in 1786. It is still the major publisher of British documents, including Parliamentary documents, publications of governmental departments, etc.

Yearbooks and other standard reference items of the type familiar to those who have used United States publications are also available for Britain. While many are published by HMSO/TSO, many come directly from other government departments, notably the Office for National Statistics (although even these are typically sold by The Stationery Office)


Handbooks, Yearbooks, and Almanacs

Printed Guides

Other Publications

**Note** Alexander Library has holdings of many other publications of the British government, ranging from print publications to large microforms collections of documents from the Cabinet Office, Colonial Office, Foreign Office, Public Record Office, Office of the Prime Minister, and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.

To locate materials at Alexander Library be sure to check the documents card catalog under “Great Britain” and then under the department name and title of the item. Also check QuickSearch, and the Microforms in Alexander Library database.


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