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Primary sources

The Library holds a wide selection of primary sources to support your research:

Official publications

The Library holds extensive collections of government and intergovernmental material, dating from the early nineteenth century onwards including:

  • Parliamentary/Assembly papers and documents 
  • Parliamentary/Assembly debates
  • Legislation, primary and secondary; law codes or international law codes
  • Treaties or international treaties
  • Major historical documents series
  • Statistics of: economic and financial indicators including national accounts, population, foreign and domestic trade, transport, tourism, agriculture and industry.

This material is largely catalogued on Library Search


The Library has access to current and historical news, press releases, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, broadcast transcripts, video, newsletters and blogs. The following resources provide a starting point:

  • Factiva - access to thousands of sources in 28 languages from nearly 200 countries, 35 years' worth of articles and analyst reports including US and international newspapers, newswires, trade journals and multimedia.
  • Nexis UK - provides full text of newpapers and newswire services from around the world, including the full text of UK daily newspapers from 1980 to present.
  • Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009 - the complete searchable run of the FT, with every item ever printed in the paper 1888-2009, searchable and browseable article by article and page by page.

Intergovernmental organisations

The Library is a European Documentation Centre and a United Nations depository.

For documents relating to the above collections you may need to use specialist databases such as Europa and AccessUN. Further finding aids are available via the above pages.

A large collection of materials published by IGOs is also held in the Library. Further information is available on the Intergovernmental Organisations page.


The holdings of LSE Archives and the Women's Library @ LSE can be searched via their respective catalogues.  Some of the key collections include: 

A selection of material from both collections is available via the LSE Digital Library.