South East Asia


Gillian Evison
tel: +44 (0)1865 277083

Collection overview

The South East Asian collections cover material relating to Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Although less numerous than the collections relating to other regions, the South East Asian collections contain some important manuscripts and good concentrations of printed material in European and in some South East Asian languages, for example Burmese and Vietnamese.

More information is available about special collections relating to South East Asia.

Libraries and reading rooms

The South East Asian collections are primarily housed in the Central Bodleian. Manuscripts may be ordered up using green slips to the Special Collections Reading Room, whilst printed material may be read in the New Bodleian Reading Room. The Indian Institute Reading Room has a small collection relating to Burma.

Otherwise materials relating to South East Asia are scattered in many of the Bodleian Libraries including some lending collections at the Bodleian Japanese Library, the Bodleian Library of African and Commonwealth Studies at Rhodes House, the Chinese Studies Library, the History Faculty Library, the Refugee Studies Library, the Social Science Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.

Printed books on South East Asia in European and South East Asian languages are now catalogued on OLIS but there are still many titles, particularly in South East Asian languages, that are accessible only through card catalogues in the New Bodleian Reading Room.

Important e-resources

To be confirmed.

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