Books and pamphlets

The Library holds over 12,000 books and over 11,000 pamphlets produced by governmental, non-governmental and research organisations worldwide. Most of these items are eligible for loan to Members of the Institute. The collection reflects the Institute’s forward-looking outlook and therefore contains very little historical material. At stocktaking each year, we assess the continuing usefulness of each book and withdraw any which no longer fulfill these criteria to make space for newer publications of relevance. These withdrawn books are offered for sale in the Library every Autumn at bargain prices (currently £1 per book).

Full details of library holdings are available via the Library catalogue.


The Library subscribes to a broad range of international relations, defence and regional studies journals. There is electronic access to many of these journals from the Library computers. To view the Library’s journals holdings, please search the Periodical Title option in the Library catalogue.]

Electronic information

Computers are available for online research in the Library with internet access and links to electronic journals and electronic information sources, including Jane’s defence magazines and journals.

There are power points for the use of readers' laptop computers. Wi-fi access is available for library users. Please note that computers and wi-fi access is only for genuine users of the IISS Library wishing to perform research relating to international affairs.

Special collection of IISS publications

The Library holds reference copies of all the Institute’s publications from its foundation in 1958 onwards. These include complete sets of Survival, The Adelphi Papers, Strategic Survey, Strategic Comments and The Military Balance, as well as the one-off publications such as the IISS Strategic Dossiers on Iraq, North Korea, Iran, nuclear black market, and European defence capabilities. See the Publications section for further information.


The Library receives all UK daily broadsheets and selected international newspapers. The previous week's newspapers are kept for consultation in the Library.

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: