Located just around the corner from the Sackler Library near Pusey Place, turn left onto Pusey Lane to find the Nizami Ganjavi Library or NGL. The library is based in the Oriental Institute (OI) as part of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. It was previously known as the Oriental Institute Library.
Please then walk across the lobby of the building to the double doors opposite you. The entrance to the NGL is remote and can be accessed by placing your hand against the barrier to enter the library. You then need to hold your Bodleian card at the scan-reader by the glass door to enter the enquiry desk area.
The collections at NGL include the areas of West Asia, North Africa, the Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, Tibet and Korea. They cover the languages, history, cultures and religions of these areas.
In terms of languages, our collection specialises in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Korean. In religion, our focus in on Islamic Studies and Eastern Christian Studies. This includes an emphasis on Armenian, Georgian and Syriac Studies.
The general reference section is available on the ground floor. This can be found through the main reading room doors on your right and also past the enquiry desk. Most of this section is arranged by the Library of Congress Classification.
Past the main desk and around the corner of the library, there are steps that take you to the lower ground floor. There is also a small lift in the corner of the library that can be used to go downstairs.
This is where the South Asian and Hebrew collections are available. This collection uses a bespoke library classification. The Korean and Eastern Christianity books are also on this floor.
There is also a map detailing the layout of the library, in the main reading room, which new readers may find helpful.
As readers, you can order closed-stack items from the offsite storage facility. These items are placed on the reservation shelves on the ground-floor.
Toilets can be found within the OI, on the lower ground floor.
Please don’t hesitate to approach us for any further guidance. We can be contacted via email (email@example.com) or telephone (+44 (0)1865 278201). Contact details for Subject Librarians can also be found on our website.
We look forward to welcoming you and seeing you very soon!