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.
Library closures - July 2015
Between 1-2pm on Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July, Monday 13 July and Friday 17 July owing to staff shortages
Closed the morning of Tuesday 14 July, reopening at 2pm, owing to staff training
Closed between Monday 20 July and Wednesday 5 August inclusive, owing to the annual stocktake