Access and Membership

Access and Membership


Students and Staff

Becoming a member of the Aga Khan Library requires an Aga Khan Centre card. These are automatically given to:

  • Current students and staff of The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS).
  • Current students and staff of The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC).
  • Staff from the London offices of the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Only staff and students from the institutions mentioned above can borrow materials from our collections. To borrow library materials, users must fill in the library registration form and bring their Aga Khan Centre card to the library to complete their registration.


External researchers

The Aga Khan Library is open to alums, former employees of the IIS and the AKU-ISMC, external researchers, and the general public requiring access to our collections.

For researchers and members of the public, the library offers reference-only access and cannot provide credentials to electronic resources from outside its facilities.

To obtain an Aga Khan Centre card, alums and former employees must speak with the appropriate departments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies or the Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.

Researchers (in the UK or abroad) who want to access the Aga Khan Library, must complete the External Users Acces Form, at least 24 hours before their visit.

Once we have reviewed the information provided in the access form, we will communicate with you regarding the next steps.

Please take into consideration that we cannot prepare invitation letters for overseas researchers.


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