The Library is housed in the Centre's new building on Marston Road.

Opening hours:

Term: Mondays to Fridays 9.00-19.00

Outside Term: Mondays to Fridays 9.00-17.00

The Library closes for Bank Holidays outside of Full Term and for Eids, Christmas and the New Year.

Map to New Building Library:

  • Bus/bike/walking route (Blue): Oxford High Street, across The Plain, turn left onto Marston Road (City Bus 13/X13)

  • Bike route (Yellow): South Parks Road, through University Parks to Ferry Road leading to Marston Road

  • Walking route (Red): South Parks Road, through University Parks, along Mesopotamia Walk to Kings Mill Lane.


The Library holds a broad range of materials on a comprehensive spread of topics relating to Islam and the Islamic world. At present the majority are in print format, but the Library has also acquired digitised versions of the Bodleian's various collections of Arabic manuscripts. As well as its collection of monographs, the Library maintains a wide variety of scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers for consultation. The primary subject areas covered are: classical Islamic sciences (especially Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Kalam and Sufism); contemporary Islamic studies, Muslims in the West, and modern Muslim thinkers. Several languages are represented, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Turkish, English and other European languages.


The Centre's collections can be located via SOLO, the Oxford University online public access catalogue, and the location code is ISL. The Library is reference-only, but while borrowing is not allowed, the Centre does have photocopying facilities. The Library has computer terminals for Internet and SOLO use, which are also equipped with a version of Word configured to allow text processing in Arabic. Laptops can be used in the Library.

The Library is open to all holders of Bodleian cards, which can be obtained from the Bodleian Admissions Office and must be shown at the Lodge. Researchers from elsewhere will need a letter of recommendation from a Fellow of the Centre or from their institution. Readers who are planning to use the Library on a regular basis should apply to the Librarian ( for a Kuwait Library Reader card which will give swipe access to the main Lodge gate and all Library facilities.

Contact telephone: 01865 618550. E-mail:

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