South Asian Studies Library

The Centre’s Library and Archive are currently closed but our Librarian and Archivist are working from home to provide remote services wherever possible. We look forward to welcoming you back in person as soon as we can.  Meanwhile…

Cambridge students:  New Click and Collect service begins Friday 9th October!

Book returns: you may return library books whilst collecting new ones via our Click and Collect service. Other options for book returns include returns to the UL,  drop boxes, colleges, or by post, with free post available within the UK (download prepaid labels).

Our What’s New webpage gives links to additional resources accessible during the COVID-19 period.

Cambridge University Library is gradually opening new services – zero-contact services and prebooked visits. You may book a seat to view specific items, including special collections.   

Welcome to the Centre’s Library, a rich research collection for the study of South and Southeast Asia. Primarily a reference library, we lend books only to academic staff, PhDs and MPhils whose research focuses on South or Southeast Asia.

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

Our Librarian, Rachel Rowe, 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.

See What’s New here and learn more about our collections by following the links below.

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