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In order to facilitate inter-university joint research, the Institute Library has been making every effort since its establishment in 1964 to collect materials and basic data indispensable for the study and research of languages and cultures of Asia and Africa. As of now, library holdings total 130,000 volumes, 1,600 titles of journals, 11,000 reels of microfilm, 63,000 sheets of microfiche, and other research materials (documents, maps, photographs, videos) in new mediums such as CD-ROMs.

The library has holdings of several rare and hard to find materials. One such example is the Khmer script version of the Tripitaka (the Buddhist sacred texts). The original texts have been lost during the wars in Cambodia. However, reproductions were made from the ones in the Institute Library, and then donated to the cultural and educational institution and temples in Cambodia. These reproductions of the texts contributed to the revitalization of Cambodian culture. The library also possesses a valuable collection by the late Prof. Erin Asai (1895-1969), a renowned scholar of Austronesian studies. The collection, acquired in 1970, includes land contract documents, videos, photographs, lexicon, linguistic material, fieldnotes on the indigenous people of Taiwan.

Among the other remarkable resources are:

  • A collection of theatrical posters in Ottoman period.
  • Description de l'Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches, 2nd ed.
  • Views in Cairo, a collection of lithographs depicting Cairo in 19th century by Robert Hay.
  • 65 Iranian newspapers issued from the late 19th century to 1970.
  • Back numbers of the monthly Bengali literary journals published during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • A set of pictures describing sugar manufacture of the Qing period.
  • Picture book of people in Taiwan illustrating Taiwan folklore in Qing period.
  • The Mongolian Buddhism Texts of the Qing period
  • The Mongolian Bible (St. Petersburg, 1819)
  • The Records of the Manzhouguo (Manchukuo) Legation in Thailand
  • The Papers of Jisaku Shinoda, a Japanese colonial official in the pre-Second World War’s Korea
  • The Korea’s Joseon Dynasty documents (ex-Prof. Hiroyuki Miura Collection)
  • Qing Archival Documents

The Institute Library also houses personal collections of the following prominent linguists and historians:

Kengo Yamamoto (the Manchurian language), Takashiro Kobayashi (the Mongolian history), Shinji Maejima (the Islamic studies), Ioketek Ong (the Taiwanese language and culture).

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