Tehran Institute & Library
In 1976 BIPS opened its current home in Tehran; a purpose-built premise in the north of the city, designed by the renowned Iranian architect, Reza Khazeni. The institute in Tehran is directed (from the UK) by our non-resident Director, Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis.
The Tehran institute houses an extensive library that exceeds 40,000 English and Persian-language volumes, journals and periodicals as well as epigraphic material, maps, photographic and fieldwork archives; a unique resource that is open to Iranian students, scholars and members of the public. It is thought to be the largest collection of English-language volumes in Iran. The Tehran institute also contains a hostel for visiting scholars, a lecture theatre, study space and archaeological stores. There is also a swimming pool and extensive gardens. The accommodation is only available to BIPS members; you can join us online.
BIPS is proud to report that in 2018-2019 it began a renovation programme of its Tehran institute and hostel, as well as parts of the library. This work has allowed us to open the institute to guest academic speakers and, for the first time in several years, hold lectures there.
It remains one of the few overseas institutes continuing to operate in Iran.
The Library is open on Mondays 9:00 – 17:00 and Wednesdays 9:00 – 17:00.
The library catalogue is available online for your reference: