Welcome to the Muslim College Library which was established in 1989. It benefits from a well-resourced specialist library of more than 8,000 books relating to the core Islamic sciences  (Quran and Hadith, Law and Jurisprudence, Theology and Philosophy, and History and Civilisation) which are taught on the MA and GC degree programmes. The collection has been augmented by a generous donation from the World Islamic Call College, Tripoli, Libya.

While the library is primarily for the benefit of the students at the College, members of the public may visit by prior appointment.

Library Collection

  •  English Collection Section
  •  Arabic Collection Section
  •  Urdu Collection Section
  •  Journal Section
  •  Documentation Section
  •  Photographic slides including Islamic Art, Architecture & Science.

Library Services

  •  Borrowing facilities
  •  Quiet study area
  •  Easy access to books
  •  Photocopy facilities

The library is open to the public for reference purposes only and there is an external membership scheme, which allows researchers access to borrowing facilities.

About the Muslim College Library

The Muslim College Library is one of London’s most important academic libraries for Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.  The Library attracts scholars from all over the Greater London area to consult its holdings and further their research. The Library houses a substantial number of volumes at the Muslim College campus at Ealing Common in west London, together with a growing collection of archives, manuscripts, rare books and special collections, an expanding Digital Library and a growing network of electronic resources.

Library Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Muslim College Library is to provide high quality information resources, services and systems to reflect and support the colleges’ standing as a leading national centre of excellence for research, learning and teaching, for and about Islam and the Middle East.

In pursuit of its mission and objectives, the Muslim College Library will

  • maintain the MC Library at the heart of the Muslim College and as London’s principal research library for Islamic Studies and the Middle East;
  • play a significant role in the development and sharing of resources, information systems and best practice through regional and national collaboration;
  • provide comprehensive resources and support for the colleges’ learning and teaching activities in its classrooms, lecture halls and on-line environments;
  • cultivate positive attitudes amongst its staff through its focus on staff development; and
  • encourage and support a proactive attitude amongst its staff to the challenges of service-delivery in an expanding, research-intensive   organisation.