The Oriental Collection comprise texts in the languages of Asia and North Africa, in the form of manuscripts on parchment and paper as well as on other materials (e.g. palm leaves, bark, metal sheets), block prints, and printed books.  There is also a small museum collection illustrating book production and the arts of the book, including 200 miniature paintings.

The materials are almost exclusively in Oriental languages and scripts, whereas materials in Western languages normally are found in the other collections of the Royal Danish Library. Regardless of language, all materials are to be ordered in the online catalogue, for use in reading rooms or for circulation. However, not all manuscripts are registrered; shuld you not find what you are looking for or should other questions areise, please contac the collection using our Ask the library service.