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.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3130 1530
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.
Established in July 1990 and officially inaugurated on 30th November 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 over 11,000 titles, in more than 16,000 volumes on various subjects. Moreover, the Library's collections include almost 1,800 printed Islamic manuscript catalogues, in around 2,500 volumes, 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.
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.