A unique collection of over 50,000 items in the heart of Cambridge
The Trust’s greatest asset is its library, a unique, independent resource for research in the fields of the cultural heritage of ancient South, South East and Central Asia, Iran and the history of the Indo-Iranian languages.
Search Our Catalogue Online
You can search our collection of more than 27,000 books on the Cambridge University Library catalogue, using their search facility iDiscover. If you want to limit your results to the AIIT catalogue, select the Newton catalogue option for ‘other libraries associated with the university’.
New List of Duplicates for Sale
Our 2016 list contains over 800 titles which include many duplicates from the collections of Mary Boyce (1920-2006), Professor of Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Ralph Pinder-Wilson (1919-2008) and Josef Elfenbein, Professor of Iranian Philology at the University of Mainz. The collection is therefore particularly strong in Iranian and art historical studies. The list also includes over 200 titles on South and South East Asia.
The Library comprises mainly the collections of:
- Professor Sir Harold Bailey: Indo-Iranian studies, Central Asian studies, and Armenian and Caucasian
- Professor Joan van Lohuizen: South and South East Asian art and archaeology
- Drs. Raymond & Bridget Allchin: South Asian archaeology
- Professor Mary Boyce: Zoroastrian studies
- Professor Charles Bawden: Mongolian studies
- Ralph Pinder-Wilson: Islamic art and architecture
- Professor Gregory Possehl: South Asian archaeology
Visiting the Library
The library is reference only. It is open Mon–Thurs 9am–1pm, Friday 9.30am-3pm, and afternoons by appointment only. All are welcome.
You will be asked to bring identification and a letter of introduction, to complete an application form and to sign the visitors book on each subsequent visit.
Recent Library Acquisitions – Murty Classical Library of India10 April, 2018
Recent acquisitions of new books for the AIIT library include the first 18 volumes in the new Murty Classical Library of India series (MCLI), published by Harvard University Press..
A Festschrift for John Hinnells12 March, 2017
The Ancient and India Iran Trust was recently privileged to hold the launch and presentation of a festschrift to John Hinnells, formerly Professor of Comparative Religion at Manchester University.
Recent library acquisitions from India27 February, 2017
The trust library recently added to its collection a substantial acquisition of books from the National Museum, Delhi, following our participation in the museum’s hosting of the exhibition ‘The.