Welcome to Iranian Library
The Iranian Library is situated in Acton, in West London and is the library of the Iranian community in the United Kingdom. It is the largest library in the world outside Iran by number of items catalogued. The library is a major research library, holding around 30 thousands items. In addition to books the library also keep manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The library is also committed to increasing its stock of books for younger readers. It continuously receives copies of newly published Persian books both in Iran and abroad.
Although, in the main, these are Persian and other Iranian language publications, the library has also a growing collection of foreign language books and publications on Iran. For those people interested in academic research, particularly in Iran's contemporary history, the library's archives, which contain a wealth of political and cultural publications, documents, reports and statistical information, provide an invaluable service. Also kept in the archives are a number of old and rare publications which students and researchers are unlikely to find elsewhere.
The library is a lending library. Members can borrow four books for a period of four weeks.
The Library is open to every Iranian and non-Iranian Persian speaking individual who has a genuine need to use its collections.
The library also organises regular lectures on various topics including Persian literature, histoy, medicine and science.
Other important activities include Saturday Persian School and Painting lessons. The Persian School offers Persian courses up to GCSE level.
The library’s opening hours are:
11.00 AM – 17.30 PM
The library is closed during Iranian New Year and summer holiday.
Mr Bijan Farhoodi's interview with the library manager Dr Ajoudani