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Asian Library

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.


Visiting address
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

Tel: +31 71-5272814 (General)
Tel: +31 71-5272800 (Reception desk)

Postal address
P.O.Box 9501
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 Studies collections.

In order to allow reading room use as intended, access will be regulated by means of a personal LU-Card access key from 1 February 2018 onwards.

Study area and computer workstations

  • 128 workplaces without PC
  • 20 computer workstations
  • copy machine

Group rooms

The Asian Library offers several group facilities:

Asian collections

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 two 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: https://youtu.be/MtepExMpF-g
  • In the manuscript Babad Diponegoro, the Javanese Prince and national hero Diponegoro (1785-1855) recounts his war against the Dutch (1825-1830): https://youtu.be/J1kZ2IYZlCU

Asian Library impression

Available computers