Our joint library is a leading centre and repository for rare and significant resources and holds close to 41,000 items on all facets of Muslim cultures and tradition.  Several European, Asian and Middle Eastern languages are represented, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Urdu, Gujarati, Sindhi, Tajik, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Ottoman Turkish.  

The library is proud to include 560 titles in its rare book collection and has also benefitted from donations of personal collections and papers of prestigious scholars in the field of Muslim civilisations. Some of these special collections, such as the Annemarie Schimmel Collection, are housed in separate locations, while others have been integrated with the library’s general collections.​​​​

With more than 1,400 items, the reference collection is the library’s second largest compilation after the general collection, holding a range of single and multi-volume reference works on Islamic studies. The library subscribes to a range of online databases and e-journals specialising in the humanities and social sciences to provide students and scholars with electronic and remote access to important resources.