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


​The Aga Khan Library supports the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations - Aga Khan University and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in their teaching and research activities.

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-o​f-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 and WorldCat​​​. 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. 

Due to the continuing situation concerning the coronavirus COVID-19, the Aga Khan Library has restricted opening and access for now. These include:

  • Staff and students can use the library in a reduced schedule, from Tuesday to Thursday (10 am – 3 pm)
  • Click and Collect service is available to safe-guard everyone
  • External users cannot access the library for now – we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause
In this period, the library will not be able to process new membership requests either. Please check this page for further updates. 

We thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.​

​​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
10 Handyside Street​
London, N1C 4DN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7756 2714​

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