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.
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.
Stocktaking closure 2014
The IISS Library will be closed for stocktaking from Monday 11th August until Friday 22nd August inclusive (re-opening after the August Bank Holiday).
Library books may be returned via the IISS Receptionists during this period, but borrowing and reference use of the Library will not be possible.