Aga Khan Library, London

Contact details

Website: Library Home Page E-mail (general enquiries): Tel: +44 (0)20 7380 3852

Photo of a Qur’an at the Aga Khan Library

Qur’an at the Aga Khan Library.
Image copyright: Aga Khan Library

About the library

The Aga Khan Library, London aims to serve scholarship in areas and languages of interest to the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Institute of Ismaili Studies by emphasising the development of collections of primary and secondary resources, and published and rare materials, in the fields of Islamic studies and Muslim civilisation, as well as in the Humanities in general.

The library gathers materials published in and about the major areas of the Muslim world and their diasporas, as well as their history and evolution, while specifically paying attention to topics such as Ismaili studies, wider Shi'i studies, and Qur’anic studies and education.

Among the special collections, library highlights include the donation of the personal Library of Professor Annemarie Schimmel, an important collection focusing on the Indo-Muslim communities and cultures, containing several out of print works in Sindhi, Persian and Urdu; and also the donation of part of the library and personal archive of Professor Mohammed Arkoun, including his professional correspondence, notes, offprints of his articles and over 200 theses on Islamic thought, history and culture.

The library also houses an important collection of books in Ottoman Turkish that mainly includes works of literature from the Tanzimat and post-Tanzimat period, particularly novels, poetry and dramas, as well as travel literature, language materials and historical works, dating from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • IIS-ISMC Joint Library: GL4

Accessing materials

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, to request items by interlibrary loan please complete this form via our library catalogue (click OK to start a new session, then select Requests followed by Interlibrary loans). Also see details on our Services and Facilities page.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes, the library is open to external visitors upon completion of the registration form and subject to approval from the Head Librarian.


Aga Khan Library, London data on Copac

Example record from the Aga Khan Library's collections:

Three Years in Persia; with Travelling Adventures in Koordistan. By George Fowler, Esq. In Two Volumes.
  London : Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough Street 1841

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