To provide national statistics and public information on almost all aspects of people’s lives.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every ten years. ONS plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics. It is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority and although they are separate, they are still closely related.
The library maintains a unique collection of all statistical and other publications produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and its predecessors (such as the Central Statistical Office and the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys).
A bibliographic database and storehouse of official statistics
Information on these publications and statistical series can be accessed online using Unicorn, the ONS Library’s catalogue. This gives information on series produced by ONS and its predecessors since the early nineteenth century. It includes information allowing the user to trace statistical outputs through all their published forms, from their first appearance in print to their modern home on this or other government websites.
Unicorn provides links to significant publications that are difficult to obtain as well as acting as a portal to selected current statistical material held on this and other websites.
Many of the resources listed on Unicorn can be loaned through your academic or public library service via appropriate inter-lending schemes. Contact your local library for details.
Visiting the ons library
You must make an appointment to visit the ONS Library in Newport. The library is open Monday-Friday, but opening times are variable depending on availability of staff. Please contact the Library at least twenty-four hours before you intend to visit. For available resources, please view the Library catalogue.
Customer Contact Centre
Office for National Statistics
Room D265, Government Buildings