The Institute for the Public Services launched its research library in 2020 with the aim of offering a point of reference for Public Officers wishing to undertake research and further their studies on subjects related to the work of the Public Service.


The IPS Research Library is a specialised reference library which offers: 

a.            Academic and reference work on topics relevant to the role, function and scope of the Public Administration and its operations, administration, management and development. 

b.            A Melitensia section of titles published in Malta relating to public policy, administrative development of administrative and political government, biographies and other related works. 

c.            Official publications issued by the Public Service and other institutions in Malta. 

d.            Select international institutional reports and academic publications. 

e.            A reserved section of historic reports and documents compiled by or for the Public Service. 

f.             Dissertations and theses of students sponsored under various schemes administered by IPS.


IPS updates regularly the material and books with the most relevant publications.   

The IPS Research Library is housed in Block A of the IPS campus located San Salvatore Bastion, Triq Sa Maison, Floriana. 

The IPS Research Library is a reference library. No books or library material may be taken out of the premises of the IPS Research Library.

Public officials who would like to check what books are available can do so by accessing this link.  For more guidance on how to use the IPS Research Library database one can click on this link

When choosing a book from the database, users can click on the title of the book and find where the book is located in the IPS Research Library premises by checking the code in the book's tag row. 



The IPS Library is open from Monday to Friday (except for Public Holidays), between 8.00 am to 4.00 pm (Winter hours) and between 8.00 am to 1.00 pm (Summer hours). 

Between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm, no booking is required to make use of the IPS library services. 

In the remaining hours, Public Officers and students wishing to make use of the IPS library services are asked to book by clicking on this link.



In line with the Public Service's launch of remote workspaces, distributed in various locations around Malta and Gozo, IPS has made available a limited number of study spaces located in the IPS Library for use by Public Officers who wish to carry out their research and studies remotely and do not wish to study from home.​ 

Public officials wishing to make use of these study desks must submit their request using the booking form which can be accessed by clicking on this link.



All users of the IPS Research Library are bound by the Binding Standards governing the IPS Research Library issued by IPS and which can be accessed from this link .


Public Officers and students may address any queries regarding these Binding Standards or any aspect regulated by the IPS Research Library and the study-desks by sending an email to: [email protected].