School of Oriental and African Studies

Last updated 24th March 2009 
Name of library  School of Oriental and African Studies
Address Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG 
Telephone 020 7898 4163 
Fax  020 7898 4159
Website  http:/
Alternative names  SOAS
Contact & Job Title  Nicholas Martland, Faculty Librarian for Arts & Humanities
Purpose & main user community of the library  A library of one of the constituent colleges of the University of London. For staff and students
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  None
Lending to other libraries & visitors  Via BLDSC. Photo ID and proof of address required. Fees are charged for borrowing membership. Details on the library’s web pages.
Number of volumes  1,000,000 (whole library)
Periodicals – Back Issues  20,000
Current Periodicals   4,500
Other materials  120,000 microforms; c. 500 videos and DVDs
Volumes added per year  15,000
Coverage  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 
Manuscripts  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  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
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