Caspian Cultural Centre

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+44 (0)20 899 36389

The Woodlands Hall
Crown Street
London W3 8SA, UK

Opening times
11am to 6pm
Tuesday to Saturday

About us


Caspian Cultural Centre (CCC) started life in November 1991 as a humble library with about 2500 books in a small rented space in London. The library’s founders were:

Dr Mashallah Ajoudani
Mrs Mojgan Farzaneh-Ghaemi
Mr Habibollah Jourbandi
Dr Homayoun Katouzian
Mr Mahmoud Kianoush

Subsequently, in March 1993 the library already being supported by a number of benefactors, was officially registered as a UK charity as “Library for Iranian Studies” (LIS). The charity’s first Board of Trustees, in addition to the founders, included Mr Khalil and Mrs Farzaneh Mahlouji.


With tireless efforts of the founders and financial support from the Iranian community, LIS not only grew in terms of content and scope of operation but was also able to purchase the freehold of a large single-story building and convert it into a fully equipped library and exhibition centre in 1994.

The library’s stock of books, manuscripts and periodicals currently stand at over 40,000 titles in Persian making LIS the largest Persian language library outside Iran. Furthermore, LIS is home to hundreds of titles related to, or produced by authors from the region in other languages. The library’s wealth of contemporary Persian literature, political thesis, religious, social and historical critique present a rare collection under one roof.

For more than a quarter of a century LIS has also conducted numerous literary events, lectures, exhibitions and book lunches regularly attended by members and interested individuals. LIS also offers Persian language classes on a regular basis.

With plans to redevelop the library premises into a state-of-theart cultural centre for the Persian and East Asian diaspora in the UK, in 2018 the charity’s name was changed to Caspian Cultural Centre.


Throughout its operation the charity has not received financial help from any government, political or religious organisations or local authorities. It has remained a wholly independent institution providing an open forum for all ideas, opinions and beliefs, funded entirely through contributions from members, individual benefactors and cultural organisations. A complete list of the financial backers of the charity is available in Patrons & supporters section.

Thank you for wishing to support Caspian Cultural Centre.

We would be grateful for any amount of contribution to our bank account at:

Barclays Bank
Sort Code. 20-27-48
Account No. 40544248
IBAN. GB85 BUKB 20274840544248


As of September 2020
(UK Registered Charity No. 1020126)
Dr Mashallah Adjdani
Mojgan Farzaneh-Ghaemi
Mohit Mamudi
Youssef Haji Khameneh
Dr Namdar Baghaei-Yazdi
Dr Homayoun Katouzian
Dr Ozra Malek