We were very excited to visit the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity (ISIC) library in Pewsey, Wiltshire. The library is one component of ISIC that is a Christian organisation and is well resourced in very attractive premises.

It holds over 75,000 titles, and over 1000 of them are in their Armenian collection. The librarian, Mark, provided us a description of the Armenian collection – it has been specifically built to preserve the memory of the Armenian Genocide. They also hold titles about relating topics such as Ottoman Empire, Armenian-Azerbaijani relations, Armenian Orthodox Church, Artsakh, etc.  The library nevertheless aims to be a genuine comprehensive academic reference with the aim of building it up to support research studies at Masters and PhD levels.

It regularly purchases further books by being aware of new titles, actively searching what is on offer on the internet, and receiving donations. Its interest cover many countries, religions, ethnicities, traditions of which the Armenian collection is one that is currently being given a lot of attention.

As an example, the Armenian collection has now reached 1,200 and the target is 2,000. It comprises books in English, Armenian, German, Farsi etc. as well as periodicals and pamphlets.

We were all very impressed with the collection, particularly as it is managed professionally in a purpose built building with temperature and humidity level controls. It is not a public library but aims to serve those who undertake serious study and they feel could benefit the work that is being undertaken.  Entry is by invitation and by appointment. Having said that, we were made welcome through the interest we showed.

In summary, this is a jewel of a library that may yield good information through dedicated hours.

Coronavirus Notice


Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

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Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020