Royal Institute of International Affairs Library

The Library, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE

(020) 7957 5723


As above

Hours of opening:

Monday 1000 - 1730
Tuesday - Friday 0930 - 1730


Primarily to staff and Institute members. Non-members must demonstrate a research need to access material held in the Chatham House library. Please contact the Library Team in advance to arrange access.

Wheelchair access is possible, with advance notice.

Reader places:

8 desks in Library.

Librarian in charge:

David Bates (Library and Information Services Manager)

Staff availability:

One member of staff on duty in the library when the Library is open.


Online catalogue accessed via the Library’s web pages:


Library's own: One to 1989; a new one 1990 onwards.


All aspects of international relations. Focus on the most recent 30 - 35 years, but some primary source material back to 1918 continues to be held.  Only most recent 15 years of current periodicals held.

Special collections or strengths:

Special collections: Institute of Pacific Relations and British Commonwealth relations conference papers. Access to RIIA archives for transcripts of speeches and discussion at Institute meetings; 1920 - 1970 transcripts are listed on Access to Archives -

Additional facilities:

Photocopying facilities. Internet access. Material may be held over from day to day. Personal computers may be used in Reading Room. Free WiFi access.