South Asian Studies Library

Revised opening times:
Access to the Centre’s archives by appointment only during April 2022.  Please email to make an appointment.

We will try to maintain the Centre’s Library opening hours: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm, Monday – Friday (closed at weekends) but may need to close at short notice.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Procedures are in place to ensure your safety and that of our staff, so please read our safety guidance and note that you will need to wear a facemask and that windows and vents will be kept open (so please wear warm clothing).  We have reduced the number of our study places by 50% to allow for 1 metre+ social distancing and provide remote and zero-contact services wherever possible.   

Cambridge students and staff:  We are delighted to say that you can now browse and borrow, as well as study in our library (space permitting).  Please note that book borrowing is limited to current MPhil and PhD students, post-docs and staff.  Please register with our Librarian or Archivist  before borrowing.

Book returns: If you are in Cambridge, you may now return library books during opening hours to our Librarian or Archivist, who will cancel your loans.  Please don’t leave books without telling us!  If you have left Cambridge, books may be posted back to the Centre of South Asian Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT.  We recommend using a tracked service. 

Recent graduates: please note that help is available to cover your postage costs with free post available within the UK (download prepaid labels), and the opportunity to claim a refund of postage costs if abroad. More information is available from the University Library’s Book returns webpage.

Archive consultations: Please email our Archivist before you visit if you wish to consult archive collections, giving as much advance notice as possible.  Due to limited study places, we may not always be able to accommodate you.

New studentsCamGuides is a course created by the Cambridge Information Literacy Network to help you prepare for your degree. Get started with essential academic, research and digital practices for graduate study. Access the CamGuide for Master’s students.

Do also enhance your study skills by consulting the range of Study skills LibGuides, including Good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism LibGuide

And ensure you find things quickly in our online catalogue, iDiscover, by signing up for an online training session for Master’s students – in-depth use of iDiscover : an online general session on Teams with experts on hand to extend knowledge and use.

Do also book a place on one of the Orientation tours of the UL – no more than 6 in a group at one time!

Our What’s New webpage gives links to lots of additional resources for South and Southeast Asian Studies, including some only temporarily available.  Welcome to our Virtual and Digital Archives! Do check this webpage regularly!

The Centre’s Library and Archives provide a rich research collection for the study of South and Southeast Asia.  Please scroll down and  learn more about our collections by following the links below.

Please register here to use the library. It is only necessary to register once each academic year.

Our Librarian, Rachel Rowe, normally works in the Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and some Fridays. Please introduce yourself when you visit for the first time. Rachel works in Cambridge University Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays where she is responsible for the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) collections. These contain a wealth of material on South and Southeast Asia – pictorial and written, print and manuscript – complementing the Centre’s collections.

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