Visiting the Library
We are the largest collection of economic and social development materials in Europe.
BLDS is freely open for reference purposes.
- Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 21:00
Access restricted from 17:00 to swipe-card holders.
- Service counter (term time)
09:00 - 21:00
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World Bank E-library - access for IDS members
Accessing BLDS electronic resources - IDS members
From now on, your usual IDS username and password will allow access to those resources previously requiring Athens authentication.
IFLA Electronic resource guide now available!
Is the only good knowledge, new knowledge?
Is the only good knowledge, new knowledge? How the new BLDS Digital Library is helping older research from developing country institutions enjoy a wider global readership
World Bank Group opens data to all
World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor are now free, open, and easy to access.
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Over 50% published in the global South.
Many unique holdings.
Available for use by all.
Available to access and download for free.
Books, reports, research papers and articles recently added to our collection
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