Library Resources & Archives

Library services and collections of printed and visual materials on Islamic art, architecture and urbanism have been developed at both Harvard and MIT with assistance from AKPIA funds. 

The MIT collections in the Aga Khan Documentation Center at the MIT Libraries concentrate on architecture and urban development in contemporary Islamic cultures.

The Documentation Center at Harvard is in two locations: text based resources (books & special collections) in the Fine Arts Library (FAL) in the Littauer Bldg., and AKP slides and digital images (DISC) in the Sackler Museum. The collections document the art, architecture, and visual culture of the Islamic world, with an emphasis on the period before 1900. 

Visual archives at both Harvard and MIT constitute an image repository for materials that have been produced or funded by AKPIA, or that have been donated to it. These collections provide images of a cross-section of Islamic art and architecture of historical importance and contemporary architecture, buildings, cities, and monuments designed for Islamic societies.

Harvard Fine Arts Library
AKP Documentation Center

Fine Arts Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138-3802

Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries
Aga Khan Visual Archive  - Archnet
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries 7-238, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
MIT map & directions

Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg
Interim Aga Khan Bibliographe

Cambridge, MA 02138-3802
Tel: 617-495-3372


 Matt Saba
AKDN Interim Program Head
Tel: 617-324-5022

     Michael Toler
Archnet Content Manager
Tel: 617-253-2955
Rami Alafandi
Collections Curator


Gwendolyn Collaço
Collections Curator