Membership & Officers


Membership and participation in MELCOM (UK) are open without formality to all who are interested in the committee’s aims and activities. The following are especially encouraged to join:-

  • librarians
  • information officers
  • archivists
  • bibliographers
  • codicologists
  • academics, scholars and students of the Middle East
  • information scientists
  • booksellers
  • bibliophiles
  • students of Middle Eastern librarianship
  • academics and scholars with a particular interest in libraries and/or bibliography

There is no membership fee, and meetings are held twice a year (December/January and July). For further details contact the Secretary.


Lydia Wright
Nizami Ganjavi Subject Librarian, Middle East and Islamic Collections
Bodleian Nizami Ganjavi Library
Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE
Tel: +44 (0)1865 278204


Vice Chair & Treasurer:
Waseem Farooq
Reference and Instructional Librarian
Aga Khan Library
10 Handyside Street
London, N1C 4DN
Tel: +44 (0) 207 380 3868


Secretary & Website:
Carlos Roca
Librarian for the Middle East and Central Asia
SOAS National Research Library
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4167