Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library

Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library
Library Office, 4th Floor, Senate House Library
Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1B 5DS

(020) 7862 8437
(020) 7862 8480 (fax)


6th Floor, Senate House Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London

Hours of opening:


Monday - Thursday 0900 - 2100
Friday  0900 - 1830
Saturday 0945 - 1730


Monday - Friday 0900 - 1800
Saturday 0945 - 1730


Same as for Senate House Library. 

Reader places:


Commonwealth Studeis Librarian:

David Clover

Staff availability:

At all times when the library is open.


All book and periodical holdings are now included in the on-line catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services at

The online archives catalogue is available at catalogues of this library and of all the libraries in the University of London Research Library Services can be found at                                      


Modified Library of Congress


The library holds material on the contemporary history (social, economic, political) of all Commonwealth countries and former members as well as former colonies. The stock (over 180,000 volumes) includes monographs, government publications, academic discussion papers, statistical and census data, and more than 9,000 periodical and annual publications. Over 70% of the stock is published in Commonwealth countries.

Special collections or strenghs:

1.         Caribbean, West Indies, including the West India Committee Library

2.         Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific area, Canada

3.         India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

4.         African member countries

5.         Over 9,000 periodical and annual publications

6.         Collection of almost 13,000 publications issued by political parties, pressure groups and trade unions in Commonwealth member countries

7.         A number of important archive collections including the papers of Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Sir Ivor Jennings, Ruth First, Richard Jebb, and the West India Committee. Guides to archival materials are available.

Register of research:

An annual printed list of theses in progress is available online.

Additional facilities:

Computers with access to the Internet, collection of CD-ROMs, self-service photocopiers, microform readers.


Theses in progress on Commonwealth Studies (annual).

A web-based guide to the Library’s collection of political ephemera is available at