In addition to text-based research materials, the Library has a sizable collection of photographic, slides and audio visual materials. While the majority of Library’s print collections consists of English titles (45%), it also carries a vast collection in different languages mainly from the regions of Southeast Asia, among them Indonesian (39%), Vietnamese (4%), Bahasa Melayu (3%) and Thai (3%). The Indonesian collection that the Library assembled is considered one of the top three on Indonesia in the world.
Since its establishment in 1968, ISEAS Library has been functioning as a knowledge hub as well as an information centre for the research on Southeast Asian studies. The unique and valuable library collection built up over the past decades attracts researchers, scholars, students, and government agencies from all over the world to visit the Library and consult the collections.
The Library houses a unique collection of Southeast Asian materials on the area of economics, politics, international relations, social and cultural studies, built up over the past four decades. The key collection of printed materials consists of approximately 300,000 volumes of publications, 40,000 volumes of journals, some 1,000 maps and 4,500 microform titles of regional newspapers, journals, theses, rare and antiquarian books and press clippings.