SOAS Library, University of London

Contact details

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About the library

SOAS is a leading centre for the study of diverse subjects relating to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It holds over 1.2 million volumes plus special collections, archives and electronic resources. Two thirds of the Special Collections and archives relate to British missionary societies and missionaries making it the main centre for missionary studies in the UK.

SOAS also contributes to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

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? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website 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 - see the library's website for access details. 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.


Browse all of SOAS Library's records in Library Hub Discover here.