The Inter-American Defense College (IADC), located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government.


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The Inter-American Defense College (IADC) has a specialized collection that serves the students, advisors, faculty, and staff of the Inter-American Defense Board and College. In 2001 the IADC library, through an academic agreement between the National Defense University (NDU) and the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), transferred the bulk of its collection to the NDU library’s new building. This not only enhanced NDU’s collection, but also provided improved access to and maintenance of IADC’s volumes. In turn, IADC students have full access to all NDU library services.


The IADC and NDU collections together contain over 500,001 volumes and more than 1,000 periodical subscriptions, many from countries of the Americas published in the three official languages of the Organization of American States (OAS): Spanish, English, and Portuguese. They focus on subject areas relating to IADC’s course of studies including: defense management, national and hemispheric security policy, military strategy, peacekeeping, transnational threats, and civil-military affairs.


The IADC Learning Center, located on the lower level of the College, serves as the repository for official publications of the IADC, including monographs and country studies produced by IADC graduates. It also houses a substantial collection of reference books, social studies volumes, magazines, and scholarly journals. To enhance the academic experience, the Learning Center also contains student personal computers and cubicles, along with a Rosetta Stone language lab.


IADC Library Liason Assistant is Mr. Conor Bigley.

IADC Library resources link.


Established in 1962

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