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Name of Library: School of Oriental and African Studies

Address: Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Town: London

Telephone: 020 7898 4163

Fax: 020 7898 4159

E-mail: libenquiry@soas.ac.uk

Website: http:/www.soas.ac.uk/library

Alternative names



Nicholas Martland

Job Title

Faculty Librarian for Arts & Humanities

Purpose and main user community of the library

A library of one of the constituent colleges of the University of London. For staff and students of

Terms of access

Photo ID required to apply for membership. Fees are charged for some categories of

membership. Details on the library's web pages

Opening hours

M-F 09.00-17.00

Disabled access




Photo ID and proof of address required. Fees are charged for borrowing membership. Details

on the library's web pages


c. 1,000,000 (whole library)

Periodicals - Back Issues

c. 20,000

Current Periodicals

c. 4,500


c. 120,000 microforms; c. 500 videos and DVDs

Volumes added per year

c. 15,000


The religions and philosophies of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Books and mss, including

translations, of a range of sacred texts

Special Collections

SOAS library holds archives and papers documenting the activities of major British missionary

societies, and of individual missionaries, active in Asia, Africa and the Pacific



SOAS library holds a range of mss relating to the religions of Asia and the Middle East

Research resource

Major national collections on Hinduism; Sikhism; Buddhism; Jainism; Zoroastrianism; Islam;

Judaism; Eastern Christianity; Confucianism; Shinto; Taoism; Shamanism; the traditional

faiths of Africa, Australia and the Pacific; and the new religious movements of our own time.

Comparative religion. Missionary archives.

Catalogue Type

Computer; card (being converted to computer catalogue and phased out)

URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photocopying, limited WWW access, limited access to some online databases

Full Time Staff 60 FTE

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff

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