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SOAS Library

About SOAS Library

Welcome to SOAS Library, one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which attracts scholars from all over the world to conduct research. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes at the SOAS campus at Russell Square in central London, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Vision, Mission and Aims of the Library

Mission Statement
  • to be at the centre of the School’s mission and strategic thinking
  • to be a leading research library with high-profile collections
  • to be customer-focused and service-led, anticipating and responding to user needs
  • to cultivate a positive proactive attitude
  • to foster an environment receptive to change and able to take risks
  • to develop a creative learning organisation which places an emphasis on staff development and empowers staff to take ownership of their contribution to the workplace
  • to play a significant role in resource-sharing and other collaborative activities regionally, nationally and internationally.

The mission of the Library is to provide high quality information services and resources to reflect and support the School’s standing as a leading international centre of excellence for the research, learning and teaching of Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The aims of the Library are:
  • to provide services to support the School’s teaching, learning and research
  • to develop internationally significant collections to support scholarship now and in the future
  • to provide a high quality learning environment
  • to improve access to information and services
  • to teach information skills
  • to support independent learning