SOAS University of London

Library and Information Services (LIS)

The Library & Information Services Directorate (LIS) is responsible for the SOAS Library (the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East), the provision of the Information Systems, the Learning Resources, ICT, MultiMedia and Print Services upon which SOAS' Learning, Teaching and Research depends.

You can read the LIS Mission Statement at Library & Information Services Mission and Objectives.


The directorate is organised into three primary divisions:  Research Library Services (including Collection Management and Development, Archives, Unique and Special Collections, Teaching and Research Support, Library Digital Services); Information Systems (primary ICT infrastructure and corporate systems), Customer Services and Operations (support for all users of services including Library Customer Services, the LIS Service Desk, MultiMedia & Printing Services, Classroom Support). There is an Assistant Director who is responsible for each of these major sections within the directorate, supported by a small central administration team.

LIS is responsible for the SOAS Digital Library and for the curation and preservation of the School's digital assets, alongside major initiatives for an Open Source Library Management System, Open Access publishing and support for SOAS Research Data.

LIS Services Useful Links and Blogs