Royal Asiatic Society

Contact details

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About the library

Royal Asiatic Society Library

Royal Asiatic Society Library

The collections of the Royal Asiatic Society have developed continually since the founding of the Society in 1823, and today incorporate some 80,000 books and journals, thousands of manuscripts, paintings and drawings, and maps, as well as extensive archive holdings. The printed collections date back to the sixteenth century, and in subject and language span the whole of Asia as well as adjacent regions, with Indian and Persian cultures particularly well-represented. The core of the printed collections is the nineteenth-century material, which is representative of the development of Oriental studies during that period. A vast range of subjects are covered, with the main strengths being in languages, philology, art, history, literature, religion, and philosophy.

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. The Library is accessible to all, and its present opening hours are Tuesday and Friday 10am-5pm, and Thursday 2pm-5pm. Visitors are advised to make an appointment. See the website for more information.


The Royal Asiatic Society Library data on Copac

Example record from the Royal Asiatic Society Library:

Title: Kitāb Nuzhat al-mushtāq . (كتاب نزهة المشتاق ...) / [By Idrīsī (ادريسي)]
  Published: [Romae : In Typographia Medicea 1592]

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.