ISTAC Library was established in 1989 to support the instructional and research needs of members of the institution. Its multi-lingual collection is one of the largest and most authoritative on Islamic studies and on comparative thought and civilization.
Currently the Library has over 150,000 volumes of books: 64,237 in the general and reference collections, 26,084 bound journals, 46,811 scholars’ collections and rare books, 2,554 manuscripts in book form as well as 17,922 volumes in micro form.
Also available are works of erudite scholarship in various Islamic languages such as Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Malay, and Western languages such as English, French, German, Dutch, Russian, Greek and Latin. These include encyclopedias of religions, cultures and sciences; multilingual and authoritative dictionaries of major Islamic languages and languages of the Occident and the Orient; bibliographies encompassing various disciplines; catalogues of rare collections of Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Malay and other Muslim manuscripts kept in various libraries of the world; indices of different sciences; collected works of major thinkers and authors; major works on religion, philosophy, metaphysics, theology, law and jurisprudence, science and technology, languages, literatures, poetry, history, art and architecture, fine arts and education; and Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Malay and Urdu manuscripts dealing with diverse subjects and fields of knowledge.
The Library also holds materials on other religions and civilizations that Islam has influenced and vice-versa. Thus major works on the Greek, Roman, medieval, and modern Western civilizations have been acquired. Since the Malay world is at the intersection of India and the Far East, including China, Japan, and Korea, with which it has historical and contemporary contacts, ISTAC’s library has and will continue to obtain materials on important aspects of the thought and history of these civilizations as well. ISTAC has in fact acquired important works on Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as a unique collection on sinology.
In addition, ISTAC’s library has also acquired the valuable collections of important scholars of Islamic studies in various fields of philosophy, Arabic philology, Turkish and Central Asian history, and Islamic Art and Architecture.
The library consists not only of materials on all aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, but also of materials on other religions and civilizations that Islam has influenced and vice versa. Thus major works on the Greek, Roman, mediaeval, and modern Western civilizations have been acquired. Since the Malay world is at the intersection of India and the Far East including China, Japan, and Korea, with which it has historical and contemporary contacts, ISTAC’s library has and will continue to obtain materials on important aspects of the thought and history of these civilizations as well. ISTAC has in fact acquired important works on Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as a unique collection on sinology.
ISTAC’s library has also acquired the valuable collections of important scholars of Islamic studies in various fields of philosophy, Arabic philology, Turkish and Central Asian history, and Islamic Art and Architecture.
Access to Resources
Online Library Catalog
ISTAC Library is a branch of IIUM Library and therefore uses the same online catalog:
Manuscripts are authentic sources of intellectual tradition and civilization of various cultures and therefore are worthy of being studied and researched. However, since they are very old and fragile, they are not directly accessible to users. Digitized images are provided to act as surrogates so that the original items are well preserved. These images are accessible via IIUM Library Intranet and several dedicated PCs in Istac Library.
Users may search for IIUM Library’s manuscripts in the IIUM Library homepage, the Digital Library Services as well as by browsing through several hand-lists available at the Information Counter in Istac Library.
To view digital copies in full-text, a user has to request by completing the appropriate form at Istac Library. He will be notified as soon as it is ready for use.
Rare Books & Scholars Collections
These collections are placed in a closed-access room because they are very rare, of high scholarly and monetary value and therefore, irreplaceable if lost or damaged. They are also in various stages of deterioration and not all are completely ready for use. However, they may be accessed in-house.
To access them, a user has to search through the on-line catalogue and provide details of the item to the staff at Istac Library’s information counter. He will have to return at least 4 hours after submitting his request to allow time for staff to search and locate the item. If the condition is permissible, he may use it the Library. Otherwise, the item will have to be digitized.
ISTAC Library is a research library specifically meant for post-graduate students, scholars and researchers of IIUM. Other scholars, researchers and doctoral candidates are also allowed access, subject to the IIUM Library Policies.
To access and use ISTAC Library, a formal application to the Head of ISTAC Library, with a supporting letter from the applicant’s organization, is required. It should clearly state the intended purpose and duration of use. Some charges apply for each application (please refer to Membership Policy in the IIUM Library Homepage). ISTAC reserves the right to reject any inappropriate application.
Post-Graduates of ISTAC
Post-Graduates of other campus
Lecturers of ISTAC
Lecturers of other campuses
|Day||Semester / Semester Break|
|Mon - Thu||8.30 am - 7.30 pm|
8.30 am - 12.15 noon
2.45 pm - 7.30 pm
|Sat, Sun & Pub. Holiday (s)||Closed|
Changes to the regular opening hours will be posted on the notice board at the entrance to the Library.
Hajjah Normala Harun
Head of ISTAC Library
Siti Azizah Md Nor
Senior Library Assistant