The IWM Library is responsible for a unique national reference library with over 150,000 items on twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving British and Commonwealth countries. Along with material on military units and campaign histories, we have biographies, manuals, items relating to the economic, social and cultural aspects of war, journals, newspapers, ephemera, propaganda and e-resources. As well as developing and managing the collection of printed, published and digital material, we make it available for research in the Research Room at Lambeth Road.

Research Room

A dedicated reference facility allowing public access to the library collection, original documents, sound recordings, photographs, material from the Museum Archive and the War Artists' Archive, published items and digital resources. 

The Research Room will remain closed, with the exception of access for donors and their families who wish to view their donated items, now held in IWM’s collections.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff  is our highest concern and the Research Room service and space presents particular challenges. At present the projected reopening of the Research Room is early 2021. We deeply regret the inconvenience to our valued researchers and will be regularly reviewing the situation. 

If you are a donor, or a family member of a donor and wish to see the donated collection, please contact us . Choose the 'Research Room Bookings/Appointment' option from the drop down menu in the ‘What is your enquiry about’ field. 


Collections online
Explore around 800,000 items that tell the story of modern war and conflict, collected by the museum since 1917.
Cameramen in uniform: Sergeant Mike Lewis of the Army Film Unit posing with a De Vry, the camera most widely used by British combat cameramen.
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Film research
For commercial film researchers, we have a team of experienced specialist curators who can offer assistance.