Among the attractions that researchers may find are the 19th and early 20th century publications, which reflect the interest of the European travellers to discover and record the Muslim world. Examples of the travellers’ accounts published are the Malay sketches by Sir Frank Althelstane Swettenham (1913) and Sketches and Drawings of the Alhambra by J. Frederick Lewis (1835). Some other publications on Islamic art such as Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra by Pascual de Gayangos (1842), La Decoration Arabe by Prisse d’Avesness (1874), A Survey of Persian Arts by Arthur Pope (1938), Islamic Bookbinding by Frederick Saree (1923) and Grohmann’s History of Islamic Books (1923) are among many other seminal works in the collection.
The Scholar’s Library was established to support IAMM as a centre of education for the study of Islamic art, culture and civilisation. Its mission is to collect and preserve resources related to the literary heritage of the Islamic world, as well as to educate and enlighten researchers and scholars working in the field by making it available to them. The library houses over 16,000 titles categorised under the Open Collection, Reference, and Special Collection which consist books, collectors’ items, scholarly journals, art magazines, auction catalogues, photographs and audio-visual materials. The Scholar’s Library aims to be Malaysia’s foremost facility for the study of Islamic art and culture and documentation centre for Malay manuscript research by providing access and materials relating to manuscript studies. Moreover, it also focuses on the collection of books and manuscripts that reflect the museum’s activities, primarily on research collections, exhibitions, seminars, conservation work and publications. Users may search the collections through the online catalogue or by browsing the shelves.