Institute of Development Studies

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Europe's largest research collection on economic and social change in developing countries.

Venue Type:

Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 9.00pm
We are open throughout the year, except on Bank Holidays and for short periods over Christmas and Easter.

Visitors should note that access to the building is restricted from 5.00pm to swipe-card holders and residents.

Enquiry Desk: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Issue Desk: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Please note that Issue Desk hours may be reduced during vacation periods.

Reading Room: The first floor reading area is open in the evenings until 9.30 pm for IDS students (and for visitors by prior arrangement).

The extensive holdings have been built up since 1966 and constitute Europe's most comprehensive research collection on development issues, providing an unparalleled range and depth of coverage.

The collection includes over 1000 journal titles, over 10,000 magazine, newspaper, annual report and newsletter titles and over 80,000 monographs, including individual research reports, working papers and books.

Collection details

Archives, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Developing country governments - particularly strong in statistics, development plans
  • Donor country governments - particularly strong in aid policies, development projects
  • International organizations, such as the World Bank, UN system, IMF, ILO, IIED
  • Regional organizations, such as African Development Bank, Asian Productivity Organization
  • Non-governmental organizations, based in all continents
  • Research institutions, based in all continents
  • Commercial publishers

Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex


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01273 873616


01273 621202

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