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Name of Library: Institute of Ismaili Studies

Address: 42-44 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0EB

Town: London

Telephone: 020 7881 6014

Fax: 020 7881 6040

E-mail: library@iis.ac.uk


Alternative names


Dr. Duncan Haldane

Job Title

Head Librarian and Curator

Purpose and main user community of the library

Serves student and staff of the Institute, and is also the main repository of material by or about

Terms of access

The general Islamic collection is open to anyone with a serious interest in the subject; the

Isamili collection has restricted access, and an appointment is necessary.

Opening hours

M-F 09.30-18.30

Disabled access

A few steps leading to the main entrance of the Institute. The library is in the basement, and

there is a lift.





Periodicals - Back Issues

Current Periodicals



1,500 mss.

Volumes added per year



The general Islamic collection covers all aspects of Islam, including its relationship with other

religions. The Ismaili collection covers all aspects of Ismailism.

Special Collections


The library holds a very important collection of just over 1,000 Ismaili ms. In Arabic, Persian,

Gujarati and the Khojki script; there are also ca. 500 non-ismaili mss. In Arabic and Persian.

Research resource

The general Islamic collection can serve the needs of students of Islam at undergraduate and

postgraduate levels, but does not match the holdings of larger academic libraries. The Ismaili

collection is the library's forte, and has one of the most important holdings in the world for


Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue

Other facilities


Full Time Staff 5

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff

Future plans

The library is preparing catalogues of its Persian manuscripts and Gujarati and Kliojki


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