The editorial collection of the Library is composed through three main sources. The first is what has been accumulated over a period of more than five decades through exchange with the Revista Desarrollo Económico, and the review service for published works in the magazine’s “Información de la Biblioteca” section, which ensures that it the collection is always current. The second main source is through donation (the collection of the New York University Library in Buenos Aires and the bibliographical materials of Albert Hirschman y Dora Schwartzein, donated by their heirs, among others), and the last is through the acquisition of publications fundamentally based in subjects related to the Library’s areas of investigation and with the post-graduate programs in development. The covered topics are in turn grouped in big sections:
- “General” covers key issues in economics and social sciences (economics, politics, sociology, and history, in addition to a wide bibliography on labor, migration, international economy, and gender among others).
- “Social Memory”, a collection begun in 1998 together with the Project on “Memoria Colectiva y Represión” of the Social Science Research Council, which gathers the relevant research conducted in Argentina, Latin America, and the rest of the world. Its large quantity of available books, papers, videos, etcetera, makes it the only one of its kind in the country and the region.
- “Anthropology”, a collection begun in the 1970s. Its publications, among books, magazines, theses, and other documents, includes materials provided by the Centro de Antropología Social, important donations-such as those from June Nash, Lindsay Dubois, Rosana Guber y Esther Hermitte, and the bibliographic materials from the Maestría en Antropología Social, IDES-IDAES/UNSAM.
- “Nation and Mercosur”, composed of books, theses, and essays referring to different elements of the topic, such as identities and diverse cultures, borders, nations, and nationalities.
- “Theses”, which includes the theses written by students of the Maestría en Antropología Social (UNSAM/IDES) and the Doctorado y Maestría en Ciencias Sociales (UNGS/IDES)