The library has been at the heart of the International Institute for Strategic Studies since its founding in 1958. Today it has 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.
Normal opening hours are Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm, 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 (scroll down to 'Library on social media', below).
When the library is closed, books and other material may be returned via the main IISS reception desk.
The IISS Library is open. The Library Reading Room temporarily has reduced access but there are still several desks available for the use of visitors and we are able to reach all of our stock. The public computer terminals are unavailable, so please bring your own devices for access to our catalogue and other electronic resources.