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Catalogues of Asian material

Apart from the catalogues listed below, most of the Library's printed collections in other Asian languages are included in the Library's main online catalogues, Explore the British Library and Explore Archives and Manuscripts.

Three of the following catalogues are external catalogues that include British Library items. The British Library is not responsible for content or availability of these sites.
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Chinese printed books and serials catalogued after 1993 are included in the UK Union Catalogue of Chinese books, which can be searched in simplified characters (GB encoding) or pinyin romanisation.


Find My Past's British in India Collection contains over 2.4 million records of baptisms, marriages, burials, wills, pensions, military and civil career information. Available free in our Reading Rooms. Details of British in India Records. Find My Past’s website is managed by DC Thomson Family History.


The India Office Family History Search contains 300,000 brief records for births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials, as well as potted biographies for both individuals and families. It covers mainly British and European people in India c.1600-1949, with some entries from other countries connected with the history of the British in India.


The vast majority of catalogues for the official archives in the India Office Records are now available on the Library’s new catalogue for archives and manuscripts Explore Archives and Manuscripts.


The India Office Select Materials has records of  Prints and Drawings, and Photographs within the Library's Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections. The main focus is on South Asia, but there are also many records relevant to other parts of Asia and the Middle East.


The International Dunhuang Project Catalogue of Silk Road Manuscripts has records of over 30,000 manuscripts in the British Library and collections worldwide written in more than 15 languages and scripts from the eastern Silk Road, dating from the second century BC to the 12th century AD.


Records of the Library's holdings of Japanese-language printed books and serials published since 1969 are included in the UK Union Catalogue of Japanese Printed Books and Serials. Retrospective conversion of records for earlier material is in progress.


The Mapping Asia Newspapers Catalogue contains records of most of the British Library's holdings of newspapers in the languages of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. It does not include newspapers published in Europe or America. The Library's holdings of Western-language newspapers published in Asia and North Africa are included in two of our major catalogues.