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Social Science Reading Room

The Social Sciences Reading Room provides access to a wealth of information and resources to help you in your research.

You will find recently published books and journals, and expert advice to access the British Library's collection of research reports, official publications and electronic databases.

Social Sciences include the study of sociology, social policy and welfare, legal studies, business and management studies, sports, media, gender and women’s studies, human geography, anthropology, sociolinguistics, education, politics, government, and development studies.

In the Social Sciences Reading Room you can:

If you need help, ask our Information Specialists at the Reference Enquiry Desk or contact us.

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.