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Books, journals, newspapers, press cuttings, official publications, including those from the European Union, statistics and reference works covering international affairs, with emphasis on politics, economics and security.
The collection focuses on the most recent 30-35 years, but extensive runs of older primary material are also held.
Press Cuttings: These form a special collection of contemporary reporting and analysis both on international affairs and on those aspects of foreign countries' internal developments which have a direct bearing on their external roles.
Those for 1972 to July 1997 are at Chatham House, as are microfilms of those for 1924-39. The collection for 1940-71 is available at the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale.
Online access to Lexis-Nexis is available. Searches are undertaken at the Librarian's discretion.
The Library also administers access to the Institute's Archives. Some of the catalogues for these can be consulted as part of the "London Archives on the Wider World" theme on A2A - the English strand of the UK archives network. Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should apply in advance in writing to the Librarian.
The Library is affiliated to the International Relations and Security Network, ISN.
Staff are experienced in handling members' requests for information on all aspects of international affairs, from basic enquiries about the Library's own holdings to the selection of relevant material, provision of factual information, and assistance in tracing difficult items.
The Library produces two regular lists, arranged by subject, of Selected Articles and Books and Pamphlets added to the Library. A combined list of new books, articles and serials will be available on the Library's forthcoming Web-based catalogue.
Selective Subject Bibliographies are also prepared, to accompany some of the General Meetings held at the Institute.
The Library is primarily for members and staff of the Institute. Individuals carrying out research at post-graduate level may use the Library for reference for a fee. Applications should be made in writing to the Librarian.
Members of the Institute may borrow most books, although certain categories of material including all periodicals, newspapers and cuttings are for reference only. Where an item is not available in the Library, a loan or photocopy can often be obtained from another source, usually for a small charge.
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