Chatham House members can access a range of electronic resources from home, from within the library, or by using their own devices via the wi-fi network.

The eLibrary is a search engine that allows you to search thousands of full text journal articles, newspaper articles, library records and other electronic resources that are available through Chatham House Library.

These include:

  • JSTOR – a collection of 500 full text journals
  • Political Science Complete – a collection of 1000+ full text journals
  • Newsbank – an online newspaper archive
  • Chatham House Library catalogue

You won’t be able to search all of the Library’s electronic resources through eLibrary, for example, International Financial Statistics (IMF) or OECD Main Economic Indicators are not included, but you can access all of these individual resources directly using MyAthens.

Chatham House members can access eLibrary through MyAthens, from anywhere in the world.

The eLibrary is also available on the computers in the Chatham House Library. You will need your MyAthens username and password to access eLibrary and other library electronic resources.

Athens, also known as OpenAthens, is a system that allows you to have a single login for all the electronic resources provided by your library, in this case Chatham House Library.

When joining Chatham House, members receive an email from Eduserv Athens with the subject line Register now to use the Chatham House eLibrary.

The email allows you to activate your MyAthens account and set a password of your choosing. If you have not received this email, please check your junk/spam folder or contact the Library Team.

Your MyAthens username is the email address you have registered with Chatham House.  If you are unsure about this, or would like to change your email address, contact the Membership Team.

Please note that it will take 24 hours for that change to be reflected on MyAthens after your email address has been changed by our Membership team.

If you forget your MyAthens password, click on the Forgotten password? link underneath the login box. Enter your email address into both boxes, click submit, and you will receive an email from Eduserv Athens entitled Reset your OpenAthens account password.

Remember to check your junk/spam mail folder for this email if you don’t see it in your inbox. Your password must never be shared with anyone else and Chatham House cannot tell you what it is.

Go to MyAthens >

The first time you access eLibrary through MyAthens, you will be asked to set up an account in eLibrary. This account allows you to save bookmarks and searches and to set up alerts. Use the same email address as for MyAthens – this will link the two accounts and you will be logged in seamlessly next time.

If you do not have an email address, but would like to use eLibrary, computers are available in the Chatham House Library. If you need to access library resources in a hurry while your account is being set up or would like help using any of our electronic resources, contact the Library Team

When you’re using eLibrary, you’ll notice a link at the top of the screen to the A-Z of Journals. This is a straightforward list of all our journal holdings, both online and in print. If you have a reference to a specific journal, this may be the quickest way to see whether we’ve got access.

Two types of training on searching electronic resources are available:

  • 30-60 minutes online training sessions (webinars).
  • A 30 minute training session in person at the Chatham House Library.

For either type of training, please contact the Library Team

Chatham House has hosted thousands of speakers since its inception in 1920. During this period the institute has gained a worldwide reputation for being the venue of choice for international leaders and statesmen to address public meetings when they are in London.

In 2009/10, the Library without Walls campaign raised £50,000 through the Annual Fund to preserve and enhance a collection of some 3,000 transcripts of speeches held at Chatham House from 1920 to 1965. As the only existing record of this invaluable material, they have now been restored, digitized and housed in an exclusive online archive.

Members of Chatham House have unlimited access to the collection.

Transcripts contained within the archive include:

  • The Future of India, Mahatma Gandhi, 20 October 1931
  • Palestine, David Ben Gurion, 12 October 1945
  • A Special General Meeting at which a bronze head of the Rt Hon Viscount Cecil of Chelwood was unveiled by the Rt Hon Winston S Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill, 29 May 1946
  • Atomic Warfare and its International Bearings, Lord Bertrand Russell, 27 January 1948
  • The Berlin Crisis, Willy Brandt, 21 April 1959
  • The Situation in South-East Asia, Lee Kuan Yew, 14 May 1962