House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides impartial information and research services for Members of Parliament and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties.

Our services include:

The House of Commons Library is part of the Department of Information Services.

Our pre-prepared briefing papers are available to the public and include:

Publications are also available to browse by topic along with other parliamentary information on the topics pages on the Parliament website:

Authors of Commons Library briefing papers are available to discuss their contents with MPs and their staff but cannot advise others.  The research services welcomes comments on its papers, however it cannot guarantee to respond to them all. Comments should be sent to papers@parliament.uk or by post to the Publications and Events Officer, House of Commons Library, 1 Derby Gate, London SW1A 0AA.

The House of Commons Library offers a confidential, tailored and impartial enquiry service to Members of Parliament and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties.

Deposited papers are placed in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords Library by a minister or the Speaker. The majority of deposited papers are placed by ministers in reply to parliamentary questions:

The House of Commons Library provides reading rooms, a library loans service, and face-to-face enquiry points for Members and their staff:

The House of Commons Library provides Members and their staff with access to a range of resources:

  • subscription news services and specialist legal databases;
  • current awareness emails collated by information professionals;
  • bespoke training and events;
  • indexing of parliamentary information and debates.

Further information

Further information about the House of Commons Library can be obtained from the House of Commons Information Office.

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