The Malik Library, includes more that 19,000 manuscripts from 7th to 20th centuries. The collection can be classified into two groups:
The first group includes historical, literary, scientific and philosophical works of which some are either rare or unique; such as the scientific treatises of Avicenna, the greatest physician of the 12th century.
The second group includes books which have been transcribed by the great calligraphers in Iran and other Islamic countries; some of them are magnificently illuminate and illustrated. For instance, calligraphy pieces scribed by Mir Emad, Alireza Abbasi or even the great Timurid ruler and patron, Prince Baysunghur. There are also unique copies of books commissioned by the Mughal royal court in India.
The Malik Museum comprises seven collections:
1- The Lacquer Art Collection: includes 96 painted pen-holders, the oldest one dates back to the Safavid era.
2- The Coins Collection: includes 3000 pieces of coins and medals from the 6th century BC to the second half of the 20th century.
3- A collection of artworks, including paintings by renowned Iranian artists, such as Kamal al-Mulk Ghaffari, miniatures from the 13th to the 20th centuries and European works of the 18th and 19th centuries.
4- An extremely rich collection of stamps.
5- The Carpet Collection: comprises 34 pieces of rugs and carpets produced in the past two centuries.
6- The Calligraphy collection: includes works by the greatest Iranian and Islamic world artists such as Yaqut Mosta'semi, Baysunghur Mirza, Ja'far Baysunghuri, Dervish 'Abdul Majid Taleqani, Mirza Gholamreza and many more.
7- Lady Malik's Collection: donated by Hossein Malik's daughter, the collection includes exquisite artworks, Quranic manuscripts and oil and watercolour paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries.
The whole institution is donated by Haj Hossein Malik to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (Astan-i Quds).