Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies


This extensive research-level collection covers Latin America and the Caribbean. It combines the Institute of Latin American Studies (formerly the Institute for the Study of the Americas) and Senate House Library collections.

Particular strengths include, anthropology, economics, history, literature, politics and sociology. The combined holdings cover most aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean, the geographical area covered including all the territories of Central and South America as well as the islands of the Caribbean (including the English-, Dutch- and French-speaking communities), the islands of the South Atlantic (the Falklands/Malvinas and South Georgia), the Galapagos Islands and the Antarctic territories administered by Chile and Argentina.


Most books are located on the 6th Floor.

Print periodicals

  • Recent issues of periodicals are on display in the Periodicals Room (North Reading Room), 4th floor.
  • Most back issues of periodicals and some monographs are shelved in the stacks. These will display the location Stack Service. Please request these through the Catalogue using the Fetch Service.

Finding articles

You can search multiple journals at once using electronic resources such as HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index or PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas).


The Latin American Studies Collection is complemented by an excellent range of Databases. These provide significant and rich digitised material for academic research. View Latin American Studies database list.

Related collections

Films and documentaries

ISA’s film collection consists of a wide range of feature films and documentaries. It may be used by all Library users, reference only. Most films can found using the Catalogue and requested from the Service Desk, 4th floor. Older material may not yet be available via the Catalogue but may be found in ISA Library Documentaries or ISA Feature Films.

UNASUR Summit. Palacio de la Moneda, Santiago de Chile – image credit

Subject librarian

Julio Cazzasa