Deposited papers are placed in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords Library by a Minister or the Speaker or Lord Speaker. The majority of papers are placed by Ministers as a result of parliamentary proceedings, such as questions or debates.
Special Collections in the House of Lords Library
The House of Lords Library holds a number of special collections. These include individual items of particular value because of their age, rarity, provenance or bindings, as well as unique and distinctive collections. Many titles are listed on the English Short Title Catalogue. Members of the public with research interests in the special collections may apply to consult items via the Parliamentary Archives.
Examples of the Lords Library's Special Collections include:
Peel Tracts: pamphlets collected by Sir Robert Peel, whilst Chief Secretary for Ireland
Civil War pamphlets: a variety of tracts published during the English Civil War and Interregnum
Truro Collection: a legal collection of nearly 3000 books (dating from 1490 to the 19th century) donated by the widow of Lord Chancellor Truro in 1856
History of Hansard
Hansard has been producing the Official Report of proceedings in the House of Lords and the House of Commons since 1909 but an unofficial version dates from 1803. The history of full reports of proceedings in Parliament stretches back to the English civil war. The reporting of political events begins even earlier, through ancient Greece to the ancient Egyptians.
In April 2017, along with House of Lords Hansard, the Library published The History of Hansard ( PDF 1.82 MB). This publication, written by John Vice and Stephen Farrell, traces the many strands in the history of parliamentary reporting.
About the House of Lords Library
The Library forms part of the Department of Information Services, together with the Parliamentary Archives and the House of Lords External Communications. The Director of Library Services is Patrick Vollmer.
The main library is located on the principal floor of the Palace of Westminster, and there is also a branch on the ground floor of Millbank House.
The Library of the House of Lords was created in 1826, when a Select Committee of Peers decided that it should be set up primarily as a repository for English law books.
Services for Members of the House of Lords