Aga Khan Library, London

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Aga Khan Library, London

About the library

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

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

The Aga Khan Library occupies state-of-the-art facilities within the Aga Khan Centre. It offers a conducive research space supported by an extensive collection of modern works on subjects of interest to both 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 local library catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. Contact the library for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - fill in the form on the library's website to register as an external user. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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