The Official Publications collection at Queen's includes a legal deposit print archive and electronic archive of Northern Ireland official publications and an almost complete set of printed UK Parliamentary Papers from 1801 onwards. Included in the collection are selected copies of British and Irish departmental and agency publications along with more limited print collections of Council of Europe, Canadian, European Union, OECD and UN publications.
Queen's University's status as an official deposit library for Northern Ireland official publications has enabled the Library to collect a wide range of Northern Ireland departmental publications in print and also includes a complete set of Parliamentary Papers for the Northern Ireland Parliament, along with Northern Ireland Assembly Papers for both the 1983-86 Assembly and the current Northern Ireland Assembly (1999 onwards).
For the period of September 2015 onwards, the Library has focused on the creation of a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications. Documents are gathered from departmental, agency, Assembly and other official websites and added to the archive for long term preservation. Collection development guidelines for the Archive have been agreed with the British Library and documents descriptions are supplied to the British Library to support its commitment to preserve digital works under the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.
The collection consists of approximately 700 bays of print publications.
UK Crown and other official copyright restrictions apply.
The Library purchases print copies of all UK Parliamentary Papers along with selected publications from UK government departments and selected official publications from the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland official publications are collected under the Library's special deposit status. The Library also receives European Union publications as a European Documentation Centre and has a limited deposit status for Canadian official publications.