Jeannette Rankin Library Program

The Jeannette Rankin Library Program supports the research needs of the USIP's programs, outside practitioners, researchers, libraries, and a worldwide virtual audience, in the field of international conflict management, through its print and digital collections.

Ron Silver Library

Located in USIP's headquarters building, the Ron Silver Library serves as a depository of USIP cutting edge research publications. The core library collection encompasses over 6,000 items dealing with peace building, conflict prevention, management, and resolution, diplomacy, negotiation, and mediation, promotion of rule of law, state-building and civil society, reformation and strengthening of peace education systems.

Services to the public

Interlibrary Loan Service

Most materials in the library collection may be requested via interlibrary loan through local libraries in the United States. Contact your library to submit a request.

On-site research appointments

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursday: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Contact or call 202-429-4742 to schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.


Search the library's print and digital collections for books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, digital files (documents, audio and video presentations), and more. Also find links to freely available online journals, research papers, and other research resources in the area of conflict resolution.


The primary subjects of the collections are conflict prevention, management and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, diplomacy, negotiation, and mediation. Other basic materials include related topics such as:

  • rule of law, international law and international security regimes
  • war, violence, regional conflict, low-intensity conflict and security
  • human rights, humanitarian affairs, and ethnic conflicts religion and ethics
  • United Nations, interstate organizations and transnationalism
  • political systems, international relations and economic development
  • arms control, disarmament and deterrence

The Reference Collection contains specialized reference volumes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, yearbooks, almanacs, statistical publications and bibliographies.

A small Audiovisual Collection contains video cassettes, CDs, and DVDs on topics relevant to the mission of the library. Viewing equipment is available for on-site use.

Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management

  • The Peace Agreements Digital Collection strives to contain the full text of agreements signed by the major contending parties ending inter- and intra-state conflicts worldwide since 1989.
  • The Truth Commissions Digital Collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide, offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.  The Rule of Law Program now maintains and develops this collection.
  • The Oral Histories Project on Stability Operations collects the full text of interviews that were conducted by the Institute's Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations program with individuals involved in stability operations, to draw lessons learned and address the challenges of post-conflict intervention. Robert Perito served as the project coordinator.


The digital library was named to honor Margarita S. Studemeister, former director of the USIP Jeannette Rankin Library Program (1994-2003), for her pioneering work in the creation and development of a digital library with the goal of strengthening worldwide access to resources dealing with the prevention, management and resolution of international conflict. The first two collections, Peace Agreements and Truth Commissions, were created by the Jeannette Rankin Library Program in 1996 and 1998. The Oral Histories Project on Stability Operations followed in 2005. USIP's development of a digital library reflects its commitment to innovative technologies, collaboration and resource-sharing to strengthen preventive diplomacy, the management of international relations and the resolution of conflicts worldwide.