About the Archive

The Library at Queen’s has historically played an important role in collecting Northern Ireland official publications and making them available to the research community and the wider public.

Print publications have been collected for many years under National Archives and earlier HMSO guidance that the Library should be treated as an official deposit library for Northern Ireland official publications. 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. Associated document descriptions also enhance to the ability of researchers to find recent Northern Ireland official publications from a single source.

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.