Aga Khan ​Library​ - Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

The Aga Khan Library is a shared library between the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations - Aga Khan University, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies to support teaching and research in the Institutes.

The library is committed to fostering knowledge of Islam, past and present, and to facilitating access to resources on the history, faith and cultures that comprise the Muslims in general and the Ismaili Shi’a community, in particular, to external researchers and students.

The Aga Khan Library occupies state-of-the-art facilities that offer a conducive research space supported by an extensive collection of modern works on subjects of interests to the Institutes, in a remarkable variety of Eastern and European languages. The Library is also the proud custodian of several collections of unique resources, precious manuscripts, and rare books, many of them donated by acclaimed scholars in the field of Islamic Studies.

​The library collections can be browsed through EDS Discovery​​​, and they are​ integrated in COPAC. A complete list of electronic resources subscribed by the ​Library can be accessed here​, however they are only available for library members.

​​​Using the library

​​The Aga Khan Library is open to​ faculty, staff and students of both IIS and ISMC, as well as to AKDN and AKF staff located in London. 

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

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​​Opening Hours

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

Location and Contact
Aga Khan Library, London
Aga Khan Centre
London, N1C 4DN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7380 3852

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