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, 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.
Document delivery - free for users in eligible countries
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
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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.
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 email@example.com.
Books, reports, research papers and articles recently added to our collection
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