BLDS Digital Library

Helping developing country research reach a global audience

  • The BLDS Digital Library enables anyone with an internet connection to search and read full-text publications from our collection of developing country research.
  • Our librarians are working with research institutes in Africa and Asia to digitise their publications and make them available online.
  • By making these developing country materials easier to find on search engines, the BLDS Digital Library greatly increases the likelihood of their being used by a global audience.
  • With publications dating back to the 1960s, the BLDS Digital Library is a unique resource for students of international development studies and those interested in the history of development.
  • The publications in the BLDS Digital Library are made available through a Creative Commons licence which enables future sharing and dissemination of this content, by others as well as ourselves.

Our work

  • We envisage this as a key resource in making development related literature openly available.
  • We continue to seek partners in developing countries who would like to broaden access to their materials.
  • In many cases we may be able to support the digitising of documents.
  • We are also able to harvest material if it already exists in a D-Space repository. 
  • If you are interested in having your content hosted in the BLDS Digital Library contact Thomas Gebhart, Tel: +44 (0)1273 915650.

Current BLDS Digital Library partners include:

Benefits to our Partners

  • Discoverability
    • By making research publications from the partners easier to find on search engines, the BLDS Digital Library greatly increases the likelihood of their being used by a global audience.
    • BLDS Digital Library is hosted on infrastructure that has a fast internet connection.
    • Being part of IDS, BLDS Digital Library has been accepted by Google Scholar therefore its content is indexed by it.
  • Open access and Impact
    • Research in repositories is cited more, and has an increased impact outside of academia as well (i.e. it can be freely obtained by NGOs, practitioners, policy makers etc.).
  • Preservation
    • The repository software preserves copies of research for posterity in a way that is independent of the original format (which may become obsolete).
  • Reusability
    • The repository software is standards based therefore provides standard interoperability capability defined by OAI-PMH and also uses standard based metadata descriptions such as Dublin core, MODS, METS, MARC, etc. The material can therefore be easily harvested for re-use by other systems with less effort.
  • Authority
    • Being part of a development-focused subject repository like the BLDS Digital Library boosts discoverability and credibility through linkages with the rest of the Digital Library, the BLDS catalogue, the IDS website itself, and BLDS’s tailored subject indexing.
  • Licensing
    • Creative Commons benefits – an internationally recognised system of licensing which combines wide access with rights protection and clear guidance on reuse.
  • Metrics
    • All the abstract views and downloads statistics are publicly available and can also provide adhoc statistics on request.