Library Services

Supporting your research wherever you are in the world.

Visiting the Library

We are the largest collection of economic and social development materials in Europe.

BLDS is freely open for reference purposes.

You can also take out paid membership if you want to borrow..

Opening times
  • Mon - Fri, 9.15am - 9.15pm
    Access restricted from 5.00pm to swipe-card holders.
  • Service counter (term time)
    10am - 6pm (Friday 5.30pm)


Keep up to date with BLDS and international development news, events and resources.


Take advantage of our revamped  Document Delivery Service to get scanned copies of journal articles and book chapters from our collection delivered  straight to your desktop. This service is provided for FREE to  users in 140 eligible countries, with a small charge for others. Just search the catalogue, access the full item record, and click on the request via document delivery link. Requests are fulfilled within four working days. If you have any queries, email us at

New Acquisitions

Books, reports, research papers and articles recently added to our collection

BLDS Community

Join the conversations with BLDS and Chat Literacy. Learn more about how to connect with BLDS using social media.

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