The Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library holds material relating to the Commonwealth as a whole, and to its constituent states. Holdings focus on the humanities and social sciences, covering: history, politics, governance, constitutional development, economies, international relations, gender, and development.Countries covered include: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. Holdings for Hong Kong relate to its period of British administration. The Library has smaller holdings covering the period of British administration in Palestine, and the countries of Brunei Darussalam, and the Maldives.Materials held include monographs, periodicals, government publications, and financial statistics. The archives contain an extensive collection of political parties, trade union, and other pressure group materials. The Library collects predominantly in English language.
History & development
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London was established in 1949, and the Library has been collecting from that time. The Institute forms part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The Library forms a part of the University of London Research Library Services (ULRLS).
The Library supports academic research nationally and internationally. Access is without charge to all in Higher Education institutions.
Subjects and Material
East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.
Bangladesh, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey.
Languages of material
Bengali, Chinese, English, Hindi, Malay, Sinhalese, Tamil.
Agriculture, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Education, Environmental sciences, Geography, History, Human rights, Industries, International relations, Law, Politics and government, Sociology, Travel, Women.
Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Books, Manuscripts, Maps (includes all types of cartographic material), Newspapers (includes microfilm editions), Official publications, Serials, Theses, Visual materials (includes photographs, prints, drawings, videos & films).