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Accessing the Official Publications Collection

The Official Publications Collection at the UCL Institute of Education Library is held in print and online. Please see our databases page in this guide for more information on our online holdings in the DERA repository. Most of our printed official publications are held in our library stores and need to be requested in advance via the online request form in UCL Explore.

The Library collects a wide range of official publications related to Education including Acts of Parliament, Command Papers, Statutory Guidance, Select Committee Reports, as well as Departmental statistics, strategies, and reports.

Official Publications can be a challenge to locate, but you can find links to key resources in the reading list below:

"Non-Governmental" Publications

The Official Publications Collection contains a range of materials produced by quangos, trade unions, political parties and local authorities. These publications include codes of practice, statistics, and research papers. Highlights include items published by the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) - the local education authority for the City of London and the inner London boroughs from 1965 until 1990.

The NUT Donation

In 2016, the National Union of Teachers donated 380 pamphlet boxes of material to the UCL Institute of Education Library. The donation contained a large amount of material published by the union, as well as publications from over 400 organisations working in the field of education, training, and skills. 

This donation represents the intellectual outputs of a range of trade unions, special interest groups, political parties, charities, societies, and professional associations. Although not catalogued, we are able to provide reference access to this collection by prior arrangement. Please contact the Subject Liaison Librarian in the first instance.  

Other collections

  • Political Science and Public Policy: for political administration and theory.
  • Human Rights: for diverse aspects of human rights and freedom.
  • Anthropology: for vulnerable groups and political systems in a social context.
  • The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library holds a substantial collection on global health and development.
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library: includes major holdings of the history and literature of East Germany and other German-speaking areas, Finland and the Baltic region.