Persian Studies Section

A special collection of 4,500 books on Persian history, literature, philosophy, theology, science and art.

The Ferdowsi Library

The Ferdowsi Library is open, by application, to all Oxford University members, as well as external scholars and researchers. It includes a collection of more than 950 Persian manuscripts and just over 900 early printed books in Armenian.

Please see General Information below for membership information.

Join the Ferdowsi Library

Contact the Persian Studies Section

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 287138

Anyone with an academic affiliation to the University of Oxford, either enrolled on a course studying Persian or using Persian sources in their academic research, can apply to join the Library. Middle Eastern Studies students at Wadham who are not studying Persian formally may also apply for access. Please complete our Online Application Form.