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International Relations

Your first stop for research: a guide to resources for International Relations

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Use the Library website to search for books and ebooks:

Reading lists

Most modules will have an online reading list. Reading lists often provide links to essential and recommended readings for the module. They can also be a good starting point for finding books and other resources for assignments. Reading lists can be accessed via the relevant module site on Blackboard.  Alternatively go to the Reading Lists site directly and search by module code or name.

Borrowing books from the Library

You can browse the shelves for books to use whilst studying in the Library and take these out using the self-service machines on the ground floor of the Library.

Alternatively, you can reserve books using the Reservations service. You can reserve up to four books at any one time, and these will be placed in the Freezone area of the Library, which is to the left of the Library entrance doors, for you to collect. You will need to use the self-service machine in the collection area to issue the books on to your account. 

Books can be returned by placing them on one of the clearly labelled trolleys in the Freezone area of the Library. A staff member will collect the books and place them in a quarantine area, where they will remain for 72 hours. After the quarantine period, the books will then be removed from your account.

Please see our Re-opening and using the Library – FAQs to answer any questions you may have about using the Library this academic year as things need to be different to ensure the Library is COVID-secure.


The books in the Library are organised by the Dewey Decimal System. Each book has a number on the spine called a shelfmark.  The first floor has books with numbers from 000-599 (apart from 340-349.99 which are in the Law Library on the third floor) and the second floor has books with numbers from 600-999.

Try browsing the shelves for books on a particular topic.

Useful Shelfmarks for International Relations include:

European Union  341.2422
European Union Economics   337.142
Human Rights 323
International Economics    337
International Relations 327
Political Ideologies 320.5

New books

Details of new books that have recently arrived in the Library are available on the New Books for School of Social and Political Sciences reading list.