About Us


The British Library for Development Studies: your local development library, wherever you are in the world.

What we do:

  • We provide services for people working in development everywhere.
  • We support teaching, learning and research into development and global issues.
  • We provide research and teaching support to students and staff locally.
  • We provide access to useful knowledge people can't easily get elsewhere.
  • We help build the capacity of overseas partners to support their own constituencies in their own contexts
  • We work to raise the profile of research published in the South, and ensure it is accessible to all users

How we do it:

  • We house a rich research collection, containing considerable unique literature, exposed via our online catalogue.
  • We provide a document delivery service, free for research organisations in the lowest income countries
  • We staff a helpdesk, where experts will answer queries on finding development information in 48 hours or less.
  • We work with Southern partners on digitising Southern research collections and ensuring they are openly available to all.
  • We provide digital and information literacy training to local members and to overseas partners.
  • We provide capacity building support in areas such as repository building and networks, open access advocacy, information literacy.
  • We deliver a wide range of electronic content, much of it open access and accessible to users everywhere.

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