RUSI Library
Library Closure 2021-2022
During the redevelopment of the RUSI building at 61 Whitehall the RUSI Library of Military History will be closed, and there will be no access to the collections. Further details of the redevelopment project can be found here.
The Library 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 Library catalogue can be searched online. We are currently working to add all the library, archive, paintings, prints and sculpture collections to the catalogue.
Rare and Special Books
Our Rare Books collection dates from 1700 and consists of of over 600 pre-1821 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 and pamphlets. All our Rare Books are fully catalogued and can be available to see on site by appointment.
RUSI Archive & Special Collections
The RUSI Archive consists of documents and manuscripts relating to the creation and running of the Institute which includes council minutes and some membership records.
Our special collections include 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. A digital version is available for study.
Paintings, Prints and Sculpture
The RUSI building on Whitehall is home to a collection paintings and sculpture that reflect the history of the institute and military history more widely. Many of these can be seen on ART UK
RUSI Library Catelogue
The RUSI Library of Military History is home to over 30,000 volumes. You can search what is available using this online catelogue.
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RUSI Digital Collections
The digital collections include unique and rare materials from the RUSI Archive, Special Collections and Artworks, making available the heritage and legacy of the Institute from its founding in 1831 for a worldwide audience
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