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The Library at the Institute of International Relations: IIR Library services

A guide to the collections and services of the Library at the Institute of International Relations.

Library policy

The Library serves not only present and past IIR students and the University Community, it also responds to requests and queries from other local, regional and international libraries and institutions.  Only registered students and staff of the Institute are allowed borrowing privileges. Borrowing by external readers is not permitted. Students of the Institute automatically become patrons of the IIR Library and can borrow library materials. External users are only allowed reading, photocopying (copyright restrictions apply) and reference privileges.

Familiarise yourself with the Library Rules (click for more)

Library services


Access to lending is restricted to registered students and staff of the Institute of International Relations. Registered students of the Institute may borrow up to six (6) items at a time from the General Collection and two (2) Reserve items per course on overnight loan. Renewals of current loans for 1 (one) more week can be done by coming into or calling the Library before the item(s) become overdue. Students who are not registered with the Institute may be granted reading and reference privileges. All students who are not registered with the Institute must show their UWI identification card to gain access to the Library’s collection.

Computing Services

Computers are available for use in the Library to search the Library’s database and the UWIlinC information e-portal of the UWI Campus Libraries.

Photocopy Services

Photocopying services are available in the Library on a self service basis, at a cost of 25 cents per page. Copy cards are used to pay for this facility and may be obtained from the Circulations Staff.

Instructional Services

Information literacy and library orientation form an integral part of the Library’s services. The Library offers a semester long information literacy programme, which is a guide to the information and library services crucial to any scholar of IR at the IIR. The programme is intended to provide skills that help students identify, locate and evaluate materials for effective use: this is known as information literacy. The aim is to cultivate lifelong learner and IR scholars.

Library circulation