The British Library has major collections of government publications from most of the countries of the world including South Asia.
The guide to current South Asian official publications (PDF format, 388KB) focuses on British Library London Reference collections holdings of major (or recently ceased) official publications series from these countries in English. The exception to this rule is Official Gazettes, which are included for each country regardless of language. We have aimed to include the following categories of publication, where identified:
- Statistical series
- Census reports
- Development plans
- Legislative documents
- Official gazettes
- Parliamentary debates and papers
Obtaining a regular supply of material from South Asian countries is problematic and our holdings contain many gaps. Even when a serial is currently received, we may not have succeeded in obtaining the latest issue. However many South Asian governments publish extensively in full text on the web. Where we have found full text equivalents of printed material on the Internet, we have included the URL in the entry.
Most of these publications must be consulted in the Social Sciences Reading Room and cannot be delivered elsewhere. Except for the major reference works which are on open access in the Social Sciences and the Asian & African Studies Reading Rooms, nearly all foreign official publications are housed in a remote store and must be ordered 24 to 48 hours in advance.
The 'Guide to current South Asian official publications' (PDF format) is arranged in alphabetical order of country. Within each country, the titles are listed alphabetically. Each entry gives shelfmarks, British Library holdings, and some annotations.
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