The library has been at the heart of the IISS 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. Please note that on Wednesday 21 March the Library will be closed between 11am and 2pm.
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.
Our collection is constantly updated and we hold regular sales of our withdrawn titles. Details of the next sale will be published here as soon as they are available.