The BILNAS Library at SOAS

BILNAS has an excellent and growing library of books on Libyan and North African subjects, which originates from the collection of the late Professor R.G. Goodchild, former Controller of Antiquities in Libya and Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at London University.

The BILNAS book collection is managed by a Library Committee whose responsibilities include transferring to the BILNAS Archive at Leicester items which are particularly rare or fragile (with a view to their eventual digitisation). Members are invited to consider whether they possess historic or rare publications in the field of interest of the Institute which they would be prepared to donate or to bequeath to BILNAS and, if so, to inform the General Secretary.

The BILNAS catalogue can be viewed at

Letters of Introduction

BILNAS Members are entitled to a Letter of Introduction which will enable them to consult the Institute’s holdings and to have full borrowing rights. Please note you must obtain a letter of introduction each year confirming your membership of BILNAS. To obtain a letter of introduction please tick the relevant box on the Membership Application/Renewal form. Or contact the General Secretary – Email: [email protected]

  The Institute’s own books are stored in rolling stacks on Level F.  Details of how to make your library membership application will be sent to you with your Letter of Introduction.

The library is housed in:
Level F, mobile stacks of the Library,
First Floor, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),
Thornhaugh St,
Russell Square,

For more information about the SOAS Library layout, click here.