School of Oriental and African Studies Library (SOAS)
SOAS Library, one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which attracts scholars from all over the world to conduct research. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes at the SOAS campus at Russell Square in central London, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
University of London Library
Senate House Libraries, University of London constitute one of the world's most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The eight collaborating libraries, at Senate House and for the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study together provide services to over 100,000 registered readers every year, from Colleges of the University and from the UK and international research base.
Located in the centre of London and with a strong online presence, Senate House Libraries deliver essential services to individuals, research teams, students and partners from almost 200 countries
The British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. Our collections include more than 150 million items, in over 400 languages, to which three million new items are added every year. We house books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music scores, newspapers, patents, databases, philatelic items, prints and drawings and sound recordings.
Much of the information within our Collections is reasonably accessible to users and it is Library policy that staff will allocate up to 30 minutes research time to information enquiries relating to our Collections. This may be followed, if necessary, by referral either to an internal priced research service, or to an external research agency. The purpose of such research is to discover whether or not the Library holds the information being sought and to provide the information whenever possible. The Library will continue to provide advice and assistance to users undertaking their own research on the collections we hold.
Royal Asiatic Society
The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Henry Colebrooke and a group of likeminded individuals. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV in 1824 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'.
Throughout the course of the Society's history many distinguished scholars have contributed to its work, including Sir Richard Burton (1821-90) the noted explorer and first translator of the Arabian Nights and Kama Sutra and Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943) the renowned archaeologist and explorer of the 'Silk Road'. The Society is affiliated to associate societies in India (Calcutta, Bombay, Bangalore, Madras, and Bihar), Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation Library
Al-Furqan Library was built to support and enhance the Foundation's research activities. The Library was founded in July 1990, and houses a carefully selected collection in various Islamic languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and Swahili, as well as in Western languages.
Priority is given to a comprehensive collection of printed catalogues of Islamic manuscripts and to important primary and secondary sources in the field of Islamic studies. The major subjects covered are Quranic studies, Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic theology, philosophy and literature, Islamic history and sciences. Perhaps unique to al-Furqan’s Library is its comprehensive collection of catalogues of collections of Islamic manuscripts from over 70 countries.
Institute of Education Library
The Newsam Library and Archives holds extensive collections of current and historical materials on education and related areas of social science.
In addition to supporting the work of staff and students at the Institute of Education, it welcomes enquiries from all scholars, researchers, and others in the community with an interest in education.
It offers generous study space, and open access to many of its collections. The library catalogue is available to all users, and can be viewed remotely over the internet.
Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
Part of Wellcome Collection, the Wellcome Library provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history and we also provide access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science. More than 38 000 readers visited us last year, including historians, academics, students, health professionals, consumers, journalists, artists and members of the general public.
In 2009 the Wellcome Library embarked on a five-year transformation strategy to create a groundbreaking digital library, allowing online open access to our collections, and building our profile as a major cultural destination as well as a world-class academic research library.
The Wellcome Library has been awarded Designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. This means that our collections have been recognised as being a vital part of our national cultural and artistic heritage.
National Art Library
The National Art Library is both a major reference library and the Victoria & Albert Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book.
Subjects covered by the Library include those central to the work of the Museum:
Prints, drawings and paintings
Furniture and woodwork
Textiles and dress
Ceramics and glass
The art and design of the Far East, India and South East Asia
The history of the art, craft and design of the book