With its rich collection of books, journals and documents, the library is widely recognized as among the largest private Islamic libraries in Europe. The library has a large selection of very valuable, wide-ranging titles on the major branches of Islamic knowledge as well as books on Islam and the West and inter-faith dialogue. About 40,000 volumes are currently housed in the library. This collection includes a number of important works in Arabic, Urdu and other world languages.
The library also has an excellent selection of journals and periodicals on Islam, the Muslim world and other faiths and cultures. Equally, it has a world-class collection of books, documents and other materials on Islamic Economics. Apart from printed materials, the library also houses a rich slide bank of ancient and modern Islamic architecture from around the world, and a video and audio collection. The library is working on establishing an online interface of its catalogue, and a digital library (Islamic Foundation Digital Library – IFDL). Work is also in progress to establish distance learning facilities, especially for overseas students of the MIHE.
Used by researchers and academics from all over the world. 40,000 plus books and a rich archive of journals.