London Library

Dear Readers,

We are delighted to announce that, as of today, we are welcoming readers again at our Library premises.
The safety of our staff and visitors is paramount to us and we have implemented a number of measures for you to enjoy your visit in a safe and friendly environment. We kindly ask you to behave responsibly throughout your visit, to ensure that your safety and that of other visitors and our staff is protected.

If you wish to visit the Library, please notify us by email or by phone in advance, and we will reply to you with the information relevant to your visit.
Contact :
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3130 1530
E-mail: info@al-furqan.com

Visit

Notice

Visit

Library working hours

The Library is open to visitors:

Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm

The Library is closed:

  • At weekends
  • On UK Bank Holidays
  • During the period between the 24th of December and the 1st of January inclusive
  • On the days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Ad’ha

Admission to the Library

Visitors should notify the Foundation in advance of their visit, by either:

Directions to Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London

1. Turn right out of High Street Kensington station.
2. Proceed down High Street Kensington until you get to PC World/Currys.
3. Cross the road & proceed into Old Court Place opposite.
4. We are on the left-hand side, No. 22A (black door).
5. The Foundation is on the first floor. 

Upon arrival at the Foundation:

  • If you are driving, please note that the Foundation has no designated parking area.
  • Please do not park in front of the building; a parking fine may be incurred, and you will be asked to move.


Research

Research

Al-Furqan's Library is a reference library which contains an in-depth collection of material on the Islamic written heritage.
The aim of the Library is to support academic research in the field of the Islamic written heritage, as well as to provide educational tools and reference works for early academics and students interested in pursuing their studies in the fields of Islamic manuscript studies, Islamic law and the history of Mecca and Medina.
The Library holds primary sources, including a rich collection of digital images of manuscripts, as well as secondary sources focusing on catalogues of Islamic manuscripts, reference works in the fields of codicology, palaeography and library resources.
As reference library, Al-Furqan's Library does not lend its holdings.

Collection

Collection

Al-Furqan's Library

One of the most important scholarly achievements of the Foundation is the establishment of a major Islamic studies reference library of printed material to support and enhance its various research projects in general, and the cataloguing, study and editing of important Islamic texts in manuscripts in particular.

Founded in 1991, the Library’s main objective is to uphold the Foundation’s mission by enhancing access to the Islamic heritage resources. Among these, priority is given to a comprehensive collection of printed catalogues of Islamic manuscripts from countries all over the world and to important primary and secondary sources in the field of Islamic studies. The library is intended to serve students and researchers of the Islamic heritage, specifically those undertaking research into Islamic manuscripts.

The special importance of the Library lies in the integrated nature of its collection. Islamic civilisation has produced a vast number of written works, and these are reflected in the Library’s collection. The major subjects covered are Qur’anic studies, Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic theology, philosophy, science, medicine, history, geography, art and architecture and literature, written in the major Islamic languages including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Swahili, Gujarati, as well as Russian and European languages. The Library collection also includes multilingual dictionaries, Arabic biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias, covering the classical period to the present time.

Moreover, the Library’s collections include over 3,000 printed Islamic manuscript catalogues from over 70 countries.

The library’s holdings are arranged and organised according to the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) for ease of use, while its collection of catalogues of Islamic manuscripts is classified by country.

Accessing the Library collections

The Library holds the following collections:

I   Reading Room:

  1. Reference works (Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries)
  2. Qur’an copies and translations
  3. Islamic Art & Architecture
  4. Atlases

II   Rolling stack shelves:

  1. Catalogues of Islamic manuscripts
  2. Reference works on codicology and palaeography of Islamic manuscripts
  3. Article collection
  4. Sezgin collection
  5. Maqasid collection
  6. Main collection (arranged by Library of Congress (LC) subjects)
  7. Journal collection
  8. Uncatalogued books (arranged by subject)

Rolling stack shelves’ use instructions

  1. Check the spaces between the stacks before trying to move the units.
  2. If someone is using the rolling stack, please ensure that their aisle is locked down.
  3. Use the winding device at the end of the row to move the shelves, in order to get access to the shelves you require.
  4. Make enough space for you to move comfortably between the shelves.
  5. Lock the stacks either side of your aisle in position. There is a brake device in the middle of the winding handle. Push this in. This will click into place and stop the stack being moved while you are in it. Sometimes you may have to pull the button towards you, and then push it into place. As long as you feel/hear the "click", the shelves won't move, and you are safe.
  6. Take a kick stool in with you if you feel concerned about the shelves moving. If you find yourself in a stack whilst someone else is moving it, call out and put your foot on the bottom shelf of the shelving units; a firm push will stop the stacks moving. The kick stool will prevent the shelves from closing on you.
  7. When you have found the material you need, and have left the aisle of the rolling stack, please release both brakes (by pulling the button towards you), to allow others to move the shelves around.

If you have any concerns about using the rolling stacks, please ask a Library Staff member to help you.

III   Library Office:

  1. Microfilm collection
  2. Manuscript digital images
  3. Al-Furqān publications
  4. The reading room and rolling stack shelving collections are free access collections.
  5. The collections housed in the Library Office can be consulted under the supervision of the Library Staff.
  6. The manuscript digital images can be accessed only on the computer which is situated in the Library Office.
  7. Microfilms and microfiches can be accessed through the microfilm machine, available in the Library Office.
Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian

Reading room policies

Reading Room Policies

General rules

  • Visitors should sign in the visitors’ book at the entrance hall upon arrival.
  • First time visitors will be received by the Library staff, and introduced to the Library facilities with a short guide.
  • Visitors are required to leave coats, bags and laptop cases in the cloakroom, at the entrance. Transparent bags will be provided for visitors to take their personal belongings to the Library Reading Room.
  • Visitors are required to complete the 'Library Visitor Form’.
  • Please note that smoking is not allowed anywhere on our premises.
  • Do not interfere with, and / or touch equipment that you are not authorised to handle.

Library rules

  • Books cannot be borrowed from the Library.
  • Books can be consulted in the Reading Room only.
  • Visitors are required to handle the books and journals carefully. No marking, writing or highlighting in books, nor tearing or mutilating the pages in any way is permitted.
  • Visitors can make a limited number of photocopies free of charge, following the copyright rules (10% of the work). Visitors are required to leave the consulted items on the table in the Reading Room, for the Library Staff to re-shelve.
  • Request of a copy of the manuscript digital images (10% of the work) is possible, at the discretion of the Library Staff, and by completing the “Al-Furqan Manuscript Images request form”.

Using IT resources

  • Visitors can consult the Online Library Catalogue (at https://digitallibrary.al-furqan.com/) from the Library computer, available in the Reading Room.
  • The Library Staff are available to provide training and instructions on how to use the Digital Library (at https://digitallibrary.al-furqan.com/), on the Library computer available in the Reading Room.
  • The Wi-fi network is “AF-Events”, and the password is ‘AF7777777’.
  • Users are kindly asked not to view, send or download anything offensive within the Foundation’s premises.

Other facilities

  • Visitors can use the bathroom facilities located at the back of the reading room.
  • Visitors can pray and a prayer mat can be made available.
  • Drinking water is available in the office kitchen.

The establishment of a major Islamic studies reference library of printed material to support and enhance its various research projects in general, and the cataloguing, study and editing of important Islamic texts in manuscripts in particular, is one of the most important scholarly achievements of the Foundation.

Founded in 1991, the Library’s main objective is to uphold the Foundation’s mission by enhancing access to the Islamic heritage resources. Among these, priority was given to a comprehensive collection of printed catalogues of Islamic manuscripts from countries all over the world and to important primary and secondary sources in the field of Islamic studies. The library is intended to serve students and researchers of the Islamic heritage, specifically those undertaking research into Islamic manuscripts.

The special importance of the Library lies in the integrated nature of its collection. Islamic civilisation has produced a vast number of written works, and these are reflected in the Library’s collection. To-date the Library has collected about 30,000 volumes.The major subjects covered are Qur’anic studies, Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic theology, philosophy, science, medicine, history, geography, architecture, arts, literature, etc., written in the major Islamic languages including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Swahili, Gujarati, as well as Russian and European languages. The Library collection also includes multilingual dictionaries, Arabic biographical dictionaries and encyclopedia, covering the classical period to the present time.

Moreover, the Library’s collections include over 3,000 printed Islamic manuscript catalogues from over 70 countries.

The library’s holdings are arranged and organised according to the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) for ease of use, while its collection of catalogues of Islamic manuscripts is classified by country.