The IISS Library

The Library

The Library has been at the heart of The International Institute for Strategic Studies since it was founded in 1958. Today it has built up a comprehensive collection of books, journals, pamphlets and online resources covering a broad range of current international relations, security and defence topics. The collection reflects the Institute’s forward-looking outlook and therefore contains very little historical material. 

Opening Hours

Normal opening hours are Monday–Friday, 10:00am–5:00pm, with the exception of public holidays. 

The Library occasionally has to close at other times in order to accommodate IISS functions; notice of such closures will be posted on this webpage, in the Library and on the Library’s social media pages. Library material may be returned via the main IISS Reception desk when the Library is closed.

Library closures - September 2015

The IISS Library will be closed until 1pm Tuesday 22 September, due to staff meetings.

The Library will also be closed all day on Thursday 24 September due to staff training.

The IISS Library will also be closed for lunch between 1 and 3pm on Friday 25 September.

We apologise for any inconvenience these closures may cause. Library books may be returned via the main Reception desk when the Library is closed.

Library Catalogue

Before visiting please check to ensure that we have relevant material for your research.




Contact Us

A qualified Librarian with knowledge of the subject area and the Library stock is available for consultation during opening hours. For more information Tel +44 (0)20 7395 9122 or email:


The Library

Services for Members

The Library provides a range of services exclusively for Members of the Institute. These include borrowing books and pamphlets, postal delivery (within Europe) of material to members unable to visit the Library in person, and a quick reference service where Library staff answer enquiries related to the Library's collections.


Access to the Library is free for IISS members.

Non-members may use the Library for a daily entrance fee of £10 (£5 with student ID). 

Season tickets are available at reduced rates:
Weekly (5 consecutive working days)
Monthly (any 5 days within one month)
both £40 (£20 with student ID)

It is not necessary to make an appointment in order to use the Library.

For information on becoming a member of the IISS, please visit: