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Asian & African Studies Reading Room

The Asian & African Studies Reading Room, Floor 3, has a wealth of information and resources to help you with your research.

The subject focus of this Reading Room is published, manuscript and visual material from and about Asia and Africa, including unrivalled genealogical sources for Europeans in south Asia.

Please note that there are delivery issues affecting some books published between 1900 and 1985 with shelfmarks in the range 14002 to 19968 following their move to a new storage facility. 

Please see further information on moves of Asian language materials

In the Asian & African Studies Reading Room you can:

If you need help, just ask our Information Specialists at the Reference Enquiry desk.

We also offer workshops to help you with your research and to help you make the best use of the Library's collections. 

Collection items available on the open access shelves  

Catalogues of Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections (APAC) books, serials and manuscripts; India Office Records lists; a wide range of bibliographical, biographical and other reference tools in both western and oriental languages relating to Asia and Africa and the British involvement there.