At the disposal of its visitors, the reading room contains certain very important tools for study and research: dictionaries, grammar books, encyclopaedias in various languages, historical and literary works covering the Arab world and Islam, certain basic works of reference (Brockelman, Caetani, Wensinck…) and atlases. The Qur’an Section with the main commentaries and an Iran Section with works of the Shiite tradition are of particular interest. Users have easy access to the index of the licentiate theses of PISAI students and the index of periodicals.
In a wall display, the latest editions of the specialist journals and newly catalogued acquisitions can be consulted.
Three computer terminals are available for online catalogue consultation.
WIFI internet access is available in the room.
Furthermore, users have the possibility of accessing a number of electronic resources including numerous journals subscribed to and online consultation of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, second and third editions.
See the whole contents of the Reading Room