At present, the Aga Khan Library holds more than 2500 titles in its special collections. The collections include manuscripts, out-of-print and first editions of essential titles in the field of Islamic studies.
These items have been acquired either through generous donations or proactive acquisitions. At the heart of the collection, there is an impressive selection of Ottoman books, as well as precious items from the personal collections of renowned academics: the late Prof Annemarie Schimmel, the late Prof Peter Avery, and Dr Farhad Daftary. The library is also fortunate to have benefitted from the donation of the personal archive of the late Prof Mohammed Arkoun.