Welcome to SOAS Library

As a leading UK research library (RLUK), we have over 1.3 million volumes, periodicals and audio-visual materials in 400 languages, and special collections of manuscripts, rare books, and archives  – all focusing on the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

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