Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas Library (SMNA Library)
SMNA 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, SMNA Library has and will continue to obtain materials on important aspects of the thought and history of these civilizations as well. SMNA Library has in fact acquired important works on Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as a unique collection on sinology.
In addition, SMNA 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.