Resources in all formats that support teaching, research, and learning in the field of international relations are located primarily in or accessible online from the Library for International and Public Affairs. The library collects in the major areas of emphasis of the discipline, including but not limited to, general theory and methodology of international relations, international political economy, international security studies, foreign policy analysis, terrorism and counter-terrorism, state-society relations, comparative politics, public diplomacy, and regional studies. Additional emphasis is given to collecting materials related to issues of globalization, foreign aid, non-governmental organizations [in support of the international documents collection], global disaster management, sustainable development, peace and conflict studies, all aspects of international human rights law [in collaboration with the Law Library], and economic development in emerging economies. Acquisition of materials related to international finance, global commodities trading, and the global labor market are collected in collaboration with the Business Library. Materials are acquired in three ways: standing orders of books from specific publishers and in designated subject areas under the GOBI vendor profile, individually purchased titles [firm orders] from GOBI and other vendors, and gifts.
There are no geographical limitations regarding what is acquired, but particular interest is placed on the international affairs of European countries in support of the European Union regional depository collection. With the exception of international relations theory and ideology, materials spanning the current thirty years is covered in this collection development policy as earlier works transition to studies of history. With the general exception of course textbooks and reprints of doctoral dissertations, scholarly materials of all types, including multimedia and online resources, are collected. The collecting efforts emphasize material either published in or translated into English. Materials in other languages are acquired very selectively based on curricular and research support needs or that are accepted on a case-by-case basis for transfer from the East Asian Library and the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.