The Asian Library holds the largest collection on Indonesia worldwide, and some of the foremost collections on South and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea.
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Tel: +31 71-5272814 (General)
Tel: +31 71-5272800 (Reception desk)
2300 RA Leiden
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Information for visitors
The Asian Library is located on the 2nd floor of the University Library. Use of the Asian Library is limited to students and researchers using the Asian collections of Leiden University Libraries.
In order to allow reading room use as intended, access is regulated by means of a personal LU-Card access key. If you do not have access rights yet but would like to use the Asian Library collections and facilities, please turn to the library desk on the ground floor. Library staff is entitled to ask you to document your intended use of the Asian Library.
Study area and computer workstations
- 128 workplaces without PC
- 20 computer workstations
- copy machine
The Asian Library offers several group facilities:
- Garden 'Von Siebold' with 16 lounge chairs
- Group study room 'Kern' for 6 people (info and bookings)
- Seminar room 'Rouffaer' for 10 people (info and bookings)
- Cinema Room 'Vos' for 15 people (info and bookings)
- Researcher room 'Van Gulik' for 4 researchers (info and bookings)
The Asian Library spans several Asia collections, shelved on different locations in the University Library:
- Asian Library - 2nd floor: reference collections
- Reading Room Special Collections: Asian Special Collections. Items can be requested using the Catalogue.
- S-UB: Asian collections in open stacks
- Closed stacks: books and journals in closed stacks may be requested using the Catalogue.
Unesco Listed Heritage
No less than three items from Leiden University’s Asian heritage collection are included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
- La Galigo (1908) is the world’s largest epic, written in Buginese language and script. See video.
- In the manuscript Babad Diponegoro, the Javanese Prince and national hero Diponegoro (1785-1855) recounts his war against the Dutch (1825-1830). See video.
The unique collection of more than 250 ancient tales revolving around the mythical Javanese Prince Panji, has been acknowledged in 2017 as world heritage by UNESCO. Prince Panji is the title character in the popular Panji tales from Java. These stories arem always about a prince and a princess, about love and adventure. See video.