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’.

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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.

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Special Collections

Photographic Collections

The Trust’s collections include the photographs and slides of Raymond and Bridget Allchin, Joan van Lohuizen, Penelope Chetwode (Betjeman) and the Howard Wilson Sri Lankan collection.
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Private Papers & Archives

Collections include Sir Harold Bailey’s working papers and correspondence in addition to selected papers of the Allchins and Van Lohuizens.
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Oriental Manuscripts

The Ancient India and Iran Trust has a small collection of oriental manuscripts, most of which were collected by Sir Harold Bailey in the late 1930s and 40s.
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Library Benefactors

Harold Bailey

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
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Visiting the Library

The Trust's home

The library is reference only. Opening hours are Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1.30pm for pre-booked appointments only. All are welcome.

If you wish to visit the library, please email or phone either the librarian (tel: 01223 702095) or the administrator (tel: 01223 356841) for an appointment.

When visiting for the first time, you will be asked to bring identification and a letter of introduction and to complete an application form.

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