Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Library

In 2014, the Institute for the Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations – Aga Khan University merged their libraries to support their teaching​ and research needs.

The resulting IIS-ISMC library aims to serve scholarship in areas and languages of interest to both institutes by emphasising the construction of collections of primary and secondary resources, published and rare materials in the fields of Islamic studies and Muslim civilisation, as well as in the Humanities in general.

Dr Walid Ghali was appointed as Head of the IIS-ISMC Joint Library in February 2014. On the occasion of his appointment, he stated:

The vision for the emerging library is ​​to become a leading library in London, to provide​ a niche of resources to build intellectual leadership and to offer access to invaluable information and knowledge on Shii studies and Muslim civilisations.

​​Soon, the library will relocate to new facilities in King's Cross where it will become the central hub of the new Aga Khan Centre​​​. The library will continue to take a leading role in building and fostering academic and research communities while serving as an amplifier of the intellectual currents underpinning Muslim scholarship in the 21st Century.

​​​Using the library

​​The IIS-ISMC Library is open to​ faculty, staff and students of both Institutes as well as to AKDN staff located in London. To join the library, contact the Library Information Desk where we will provide a library card and the login details for the library account.​​ 

External visitors willing to use the library should fill in this form before their visit.


​The library collections are acces​​sible through EDS Discovery​​​, and they are​ integrated in COPAC. A complete list of electronic resources subscribed by the ​Library can be accessed here​.


​​Opening Hours

Monday to Friday from 9:30 am-6:30 pm
The Library closes on weekends and all public holidays. ​​

Location and Contact
IIS-ISMC Library, London
210 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7380 3852

For general enquiries about the library service, please send us an email.