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This page explains what the subject economics covers, gives an overview of the material the British Library holds for this subject, and advice on how you can find and use it. It also gives details of current activities to develop the collections for this subject. 

Covers all aspects of economics and econometrics, including, where appropriate, economic history.

Collection overview

The British Library's Economics collection is extensive and has particular strengths in English-language material about the economic conditions and history of particular countries; comparative studies; economic theory and research methods; and official publications and statistics. Most printed material is kept offsite and has to be ordered in advance of your visit; or ordered via our a Document Supply Service; but a selection of around 200 economics books and reports published in the last three years, and key economics journals published in the last 12 months, are available on the shelves in the London Social Sciences Reading Room.

Overall we have:

For regular updates about new literature on the minimum wage and pensions, please see Welfare Reform on the Web.

Finding aids

Social Sciences Enquiry team

For more help on using the Social Sciences collections, contact the Enquiry team at or telephone +44 (0)20 7412 7894 from 10.00 - 20.00 Mon- Thurs or 10.00 - 17.00 Friday.


Current activities

British Library Content Strategy

We have refined our Content Strategy (i.e what we collect now and in future). Please see the content strategy pages on our website. These pages are organised by subject. Please remember that different aspects of a research theme may be described under more than one subject. A subject will also cover a variety of research themes, so even though your topic may not be specifically listed, it will likely be found under one of our headings.

If you have comments on the Library's content strategy, we would be pleased to hear from you.


Sally Halper
Lead Content Specialist - Business & Management
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7676


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