Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Library

In 2014, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations – Aga Khan University and the Institute of Ismaili Studies merged their libraries to better 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 powerful, leading library in London, providing a niche of resources in order to build intellectual leadership and offering access to invaluable information and knowledge on Shii studies and Muslim civilisations.

​In the near future, the library will relocate to new facilities in King's Cross where it will become the central hub of the new AKDN complex. The library will continue to take a leading role in building and fostering academic and research communities while acting as a very visible representation of the intellectual currents underpinning Muslim scholarship in the 21st Century.

The library collections can be browsed through its OCLC Discovery​​.

A complete list of electronic resources subscribed by the IIS-ISMC Library can be acccessed here​.

For any consultation about the library service, please send us an email.​

External researchers willing to use the library should complete this form before their visit.​

​​Opening Hours

Monday to Friday from 9:30 am-6:30 pm
The Library will remain closed 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
Fax: +44 (0)20 7380 3830