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Welcome to the library guide for historical studies!

Persia Kingdom, 1719 (SOAS Special Collections)


Guide and Contact

In this guide, you will find in depth information about the library collections which will support you in your studies or research in history (both Inter-disciplinary and regional topics) as well as links to freely available resources recommended by your subject librarian.

The SOAS Library's Archives and Special Collections hold over 3 kilometres of archives, 60,000 rare books, and manuscripts in over 140 languages to students and researchers globally.

For detailed information about the history of specific countries or regions, please see regional Subject Guides.

Library training sessions or appointments can be arranged with our Subject or Regional Librarians.

If you would like more information, either on the collections or this guide, please contact Jotika Khur-Yearn (


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Selected New eBooks on History (published 2021-2023)

Selected eBooks on History (published 2010-2020)