Interior of the MIA library showing long tables and lit desk lamps at night


The MIA Library features specialist books, art reference books and catalogues dedicated to Islamic art.

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Library Hours

Saturday–Thursday: 9am–7pm
Fridays: 1.30–7pm

The library is on Level 1 in MIA’s Education Centre. Turn right at the main Museum entrance, continue through the doors at the end of the wing, and across the covered walkway.


The collection consists of specialist books on Islamic art, art reference books, museum collection and exhibition catalogues and monographs, scholarly periodicals on art and related areas including auction house catalogues. We have books in English, Arabic and other languages. Books cannot be borrowed or taken out of the library.

For Children

We have an extensive collection of resources for children, including stories, art history, art activities, culture, history, science and general reference books.

Our engaging programmes and activities, including interactive storytime sessions in both Arabic and English, make a library visit an exciting experience for all members of the family. See the calendar for upcoming events.

We also work with school groups, offering reading activities as well as guided tours to show children how to use a library.

For Students

Our library team is available to help you with your research upon request.

We can assist in constructing bibliographies and conducting research projects. Study guides on areas of Islamic art are also available to take away.

This service requires pre-booking. Please contact us over email via: or


Free wifi is available in the library.

Our librarians are available to assist you in locating and making materials available.


A copier/scanner is provided at no charge. Please ask for assistance in copying materials so that no damage is done. Protected materials may not be copied or scanned.


It may be permitted to photograph a limited number of pages in a book using a digital camera with no flash. Museum staff may be able to provide photographs on request.

Study Rooms

Nine study rooms are available but reservations are required. Scholars wishing to use computer equipment are encouraged to use their own laptops.

Contact Us

Questions about the library? Feel free to call us at +974 4422 4420. You may also consult our visitor guidelines for more information.