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Legal resources at Oxford University: Official Papers

The subject hub for the Bodleian Law Library's online subject & research guides
Subjects: Law

Official Papers : collection overview

The ground floor of the Law Bod is now the home of the Bodleian's Official Papers Collection. (Formerly they were in the Radcliffe Camera.)
Most of the material is on open access shelves.The ground floor has a SOLO terminal, a PCAS machine, work space for readers, library computers and Reserve Shelves.

The link below is an overview of the collection. Beneath it are are guides to particular subject areas or special collections within Official Papers which we feel may be of particular interest to lawyers and/or criminologists.

European Documentation Centre


The Bodleian Library was an European Documentation Centre from 1963 to 2020. The collection of official papers/publications of the EC/EU bodies is on open shelf on the ground floor of the Bodleian Law Library.

You may ask any member of the Library’s staff for help, or send an email to, or telephone the Academic Services Librarian on (2)71464.

Please use the link below to find out more about the EDC collection.

UK Official Papers for lawyers & criminologists

Hannah Chandler, Official Papers Librarian, has written specific guides for

Further categories of official papers

Official Papers collection is not limited to UK/English governmental & parliamentary publications. It has considerable holdings from the following:

  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • CoE: Council of Europe
  • ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation
  • ILO: International Labour Organisation
  • IMO: International Maritime Organisation
  • IOM: International Organisation for Migration
  • LN: League of Nations
  • NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • UN: United Nations
  • WBSCO: World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • WEU: Western European Union
  • WTO : World Trade Organisation

Hannah Chandler, Official Papers Librarian, has written specific guides for