South Asian Studies Library

Welcome to the Centre’s Library, a rich research collection for the study of South and Southeast Asia, which is open 9.30 am-5.30 pm Monday to Friday. 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.

New masters student? Get started with essential academic, research and digital practices for graduate study. CamGuides is a course created by the Cambridge Information Literacy Network to help you prepare for your degree. Access it here:

To view a spectacular visual overview by Stuart Roberts of our recent exhibition ‘Freedom and Fragmentation: Images of Independence, Decolonisation and Partitionclick here . The exhibition, which formed part of the University of Cambridge Museums ‘India Unboxed’ programme, explored the many meanings of freedom in South Asia in 1947 and illustrated the diversity of anti-colonial struggles and independence movements using images from our archives.

Working on Vietnam? You can now access primary sources from The National Archives in ‘Vietnam under French rule 1919-1946 : the nationalist challenge and the Japanese threat’

We are delighted to report that over 1500 books from our archive collections may now be found in iDiscover. Read posts by cataloguer, Suzan Griffiths and learn about exciting  additional new resources, including any resources on trial here.


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