Definitions and why official information is published


What is an official publication?

A definition of an official publication was first agreed and published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in the 1980s. They stated that an official publication is ‘any item, produced by reprographic or any other method, issued by an organisation that is an official body and available to an audience wider than that body’. The definition goes on to define official bodies as:

(i) any legislature of a state, or federation of states: or of a province, state, or regional, local or other administrative sub-division;

(ii) any executive agency of state, or federation of states; or of a province or state, or regional, ...

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