|The Centre's library supports the study and teaching of South and Southeast Asia, at undergraduate and graduate level, in the humanities and social sciences, with particular strengths in history, politics and 19th and 20th century Indian newspapers. The majority of publications are in the English language, but the Library includes newspapers and monographs in a range of languages relevant to the region, and includes many publications not available elsewhere in Cambridge. It is a non-lending reference library. Its catalogue may be searched by clicking the button on the right of this page.
An RSS feed is maintained to enable researchers to keep abreast of the library's latest acquisitions. Click on the button to the right, under the Library catalogue. To use this facility, you will need a browser, mail or newsreader capable of subscribing to RSS feeds. It is also possible to view the last 10 items added to stock at any time by clicking on the Last 10 RSS feed button.
Over 31,000 monographs are available on open access, shelved geographically by country or region, then sorted by subject. A small section, containing dictionaries, biographical and regional directories, bibliographies, guides to special collections and books on subjects not geographically defined, is located at the start of the geographical sequence. A small collection of over-size publications, is found at the end of the regional sequence.
Over 800 historical maps are held, many stored in the map chest in the library, but others forming parts of archival collections, stored downstairs. To search for maps select the Map database button on the right of this page, then enter your search after the Film search.
The Library also houses a significant collection of official publications, including copies on microform of India Office Records and records from the US State Department and the CIA. Due to a lack of space in the Library, the Centre's collection of pamphlets, rare books, dissertations and occasional papers are housed downstairs. Please ask library staff to fetch these for you.
Library holds c.380 periodical titles relating to South and
Southeast Asia. They are catalogued on Newton, with links to online copies when available. Click on the Library catalogue button on the right of this page, then select 'Basic Search' and 'Search by Journal Title'. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title, with the most recently received unbound issues stored in the library office. Please
ask staff to view these.
The Library holds an important collection of historic South Asian newspapers on microfilm. A full list is available by clicking on the Microform resources button on the right of this page. You may also search by name, place of publication, language or date, by selecting the Newspaper search button on the right, and selecting the fourth search option. A microform scanner and printer are available in the Library.
You may link to an ever growing list of online journals, newspapers and electronic databases by selecting the Electronic resources link on the right of this page. Further e-resources are available from the University Library's electronic resources homepage. In the Library, a ring file listing all the periodical titles held, sorted geographically, is located at the beginning of the alphabetical sequence of periodicals.
The Centre's Library collections are greatly enriched by archival collections of personal papers, photographs, films and oral history recordings. Please click on the 'Archival Collections' link at the top of the page to learn more about these collections.