About our collection

We hold

  • Over 1,000 journal titles
  • Over 10,000 magazine, newspaper, annual report and newsletter titles
  • Over 80,000 monographs, including individual research reports, working papers and books

Our E-library » gives full-text online access to some of these journals and series.

Article indexing » over 150 of our journals are selectively indexed, with a focus on Southern published titles.

Sources of material include:

  • Developing country governments - particularly strong in statistics, development plans
  • Donor country governments - particularly strong in aid policies, development projects
  • International organizations, such as the World Bank, UN system, IMF, ILO, IIED
  • Regional organizations, such as African Development Bank, Asian Productivity Organization
  • Non-governmental organizations, based in all continents
  • Research institutions, based in all continents
  • Commercial publishers

Electronic information sources, available on CD-ROM or through subscribed online services, include:

  • E-journals
  • Statistical, bibliographic and full text databases
  • These can be accessed via the E-library.
Search for materials in the collection


  • Search the collection - simple or advanced
  • Detailed subject cataloguing
  • 150,000 plus records, including over 40,000 journal articles (list of journals indexed)
  • Relevant and comprehensive search results
  • Material received pre-1987 can be searched via our card catalogue: ask staff for details
BLDS Digital Library


  • Digitised content from a range of research organisations in the South can be found via the BLDS Digital Library

Suggest a book for purchase


The library welcomes your suggestions for book purchases.

  • Library members can use the New purchase suggestion facility
  • Others should email BLDS acquisitions: please provide as much detail as you have about the publication
  • We will inform you of the outcome of any suggestion and will let you know when an item you have requested becomes available for you to borrow