Celebrating 50 years at the Norman Girvan Library


About the Norman Girvan Library

The Institute’s Library was established in 1966 by way of a special grant from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a gift of UN documents. Today, the Library houses a comprehensive collection of information resources on international relations, with a focus on material covering the Caribbean and Latin American region.

The Library was renamed the Norman Girvan Library on Juine 21st, 2016 to posthumously honour the late Jamaican Professor, Norman Girvan, Professor Emeritus and Professorial Research Fellow of the Institute.


In keeping with the Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations of the Institute, please see the link below to the Featured Library in the September issue of The Informed Librarian Online

"A Boutique Library Turns 50:

The Norman Girvan Library of the Institute of International Relations,

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago"

by Cherill Farrell and Tamara Brathwaite

To read article click here




Trial: Locker Loan Request Service for Part-time Postgraduate Students of IR. Click here for the request form: Locker Loan Deposit Request Form


Access to Lending

Only registered students and staff of the Institute are allowed borrowing privileges. Borrowing by external readers is not permitted; however, they do have access to photocopying facilities.



Include books, journals, DVD’s reference material, student seminar and research papers, theses and further online resources.



Please refer to our frequently asked questions for ease of assistance.



Download the Information Literacy and Library Manual 2016


Library Catalogue (OPAC)

The OPAC and UWIlinc is accessible via the St. Augustine Campus Libraries website.

Need help using UWIlinC? Click on: Basic Guide to using UWIlinC


Contact the Library at

Tel: 662-2002 ext. 82086, 82291, 84250, 83245
E-mail  iir.library@sta.uwi.edu

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Library Staff

Cherill Farrell - Librarian

Premma Ramsawak - Library Assistant

Carrill Melville - Library Assistant

Gina Ravello - Library Assistant

Malika Charles - Library Assistant


Opening Hours of the Library

Mon – Thurs: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Fri – Sat:       8.30am – 4.30pm


Mon – Fri:     8.30am – 4.30pm
Sat:             Closed



Access to lending is restricted to registered students and staff of the Institute of International Relations.
Registered students of the Institute may borrow up to six (6) items at a time from the General Collection and two (2) Reserve items per course on overnight loan.

Renewals of current loans for 1 (one)  more week can be done by coming in or calling before they become overdue!”

Students who are not registered with the Institute may be granted reading and reference privileges.
All students who are not registered with the Institute must show their UWI identification card to gain access to the Library’s collection.

Computing Services
Computers are available for use in the Library to search the Library’s database and the catalogue of the St. Augustine Campus Libraries.

Photocopy Services

Photocopying services are available in the Library on a self service basis, at a cost of 25 cents per page. Copy cards are used to pay for this facility and may be obtained from the Circulations Staff.

Instructional Services

Information literacy and library orientation form an integral part of the Library’s services. The focus is on providing skills that help students identify, locate and evaluate materials for effective use: this skill is known as information literacy. Click here for Information Literacy booklet
Library Information Booklet


The Alma Jordan Library of the St. Augustine Campus Libraries also offers an information literacy tutorial aimed at assisting users to effectively search, evaluate, and select information from library sources in order to help with ongoing research at the University. The aim is to cultivate lifelong learners. This tutorial is offered at the beginning of every academic year.


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The Library has a specialized collection of over 30,000 monographs and 240 journal titles. Subject areas covered include international law, international politics, international trade, diplomacy, international organizations, international relations theory and international money and finance.


Who can borrow books?
Only registered students and staff of the Institute are accorded borrowing privileges.


Can non-registered students of the Institute use the Library?
Yes, however, students who are not registered with the Institute will be granted reading and reference privileges only. Borrowing is not permitted but photocopying facilities are available.


How long is the borrowing period for registered students?

  • Reserve Collection: two (2) reserve items per course for overnight use.
  • Open Collection: Up to six (6) items at a time from the open shelves for a period of one (1) week


Can I renew my books?
One (1) renewal of loaned items is permitted, provided that there are no pending requests for the item.


Are lockers available for use?
The rental is $1.00 per day or $20.00 per semester.


Is there Internet access in the Library?
Terminals are available for use in the Library to search the Library’s database and the catalogue of the St. Augustine Campus Libraries' network only. Students are advised to use the Information Technology Lab to conduct research on the Internet.


Can I use my laptop in the Library?
Laptop computers may be used in the Library.


How do I search the catalogue?
An integrated St. Augustine Campus libraries catalogue, ALEPH, is available listing the holdings in the catalogues of the Libraries on campus, including the Norman Girvan Library. Author, title and key words can be searched.


How can I access the databases?
Social Sciences databases are available through the St. Augustine Campus Libraries portal.


Can I print at the Library?
The Library does not offer printing services. This service is available at the Information Technology Lab.


How much does printing and photocopying cost?

  • $0.50 per page for printing on the laser printer (in the IT Lab).
  • $0.25 per page for photocopying (in the Library).


What if the Library does not have a book or an article which I need?
The Library can borrow books or obtain articles from libraries within our network. This service is not available to non-registered users.


What are the basic rules of conduct?

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the Library.
  • Bags must conform to the dimensions of 15x20 centimeters (Lockers are available for use).
  • Mobile devices and cell phones must be placed on silent or switched off.


What services are available to IR Alumni?
IR Alumni are allowed reading and reference access.