Visits and Events

Forthcoming events

ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information professionals in the Social Sciences).

are pleased to announce a visit to The RUSI Library of Military History

61 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ET

The RUSI Library of Military History is a significant collection of historical and cultural importance. The collection is dedicated to developing our knowledge of war and shaping theoretical approaches to conflict, war and culture. It is an integral part of RUSI and the collections  contain a broad range of military history texts:

  • The Library is home to over 30,000 volumes and includes monographs, maps, journals, magazines and more. The collection forms a unique repository of books on military history with a strong emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth century works. The collection also includes books by geographic region and a number of journals and periodicals. The Library catalogue can be searched online. This details over 20,000 items of our estimated 30,000 items and more continue to be added.
  • The Rare Books collection dates from 1700 and consists of of over 600 pre-1850 books and pamphlets and other items of note. The collection includes Lord Radstock’s extensive collection of Naval pamphlets donated by his widow Esther Lady Radstock. The collection includes statutes, history books, engineering and training guides, political pamphlets and some novels. All our Rare Books are fully catalogued and can be available to see (with supervision) on site.
  • The RUSI Archive houses documents and manuscripts relating to the creation and running of the Institute which includes council minutes and some membership records. Our Special Collections also includes photographs, cuttings books, diaries and newspapers relating to military events or members of the Institute. We also have Captain Lionel Challis’s ‘Peninsular Roll Call’ which records the service records of every Army Officer who service in the Peninsular War between 1808 and 1814. Our Special Collections have been catalogued and are now available via the Library Catalogue on the RUSI website.
  • The RUSI building on Whitehall is home to a number of paintings and sculptures. You can also now view the art collection on ART UK (

The entrance to RUSI at 61 Whitehall can be easily missed but we are the building sandwiched between the Banqueting House and the Welsh Office. If everyone reports to Reception on arrival, I will leave the name of attendees with them. The Library is on the second and the third floors. The tour will cover all four floors but they are all not accessible by use of the lift.

The visit will include the opportunity to visit the facilities, meet the staff and here about the services available.

Date: 15th  April 2pm- 3.30 approx

Visit is free to ALISS members

£5 to non-members

To sign up contact

Heather Dawson

ALISS Secretary

LSE Library

10 Portugal Street


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