The Southeast Asian collection

Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia

The South East Asian collection consists of manuscripts (including palm-leaves), printed books (monographs and journals), microfilms and AV-materials, and a small collection of objects related to the art of the South East Asian book.

Search for printed books in the online catalogue REX is to be done in transcription (with Latin letters).  Reading Room E/F West contains a reference collection with books in Oriental and Western languages.

Manuscripts can only be used at Reading Room West.


Codices Orientales Bibliothecæ Regiæ Havniensis  vol. 1 (published by Westergaard & Mehren, 1846), pp. 63ff. For access to a PDF-version for print, click here.

Catalogue of Cambodian and Burmese Pāli manuscripts [COMDC 2:1], København: Det Kongelige Bibliotek,  1983 (searchable (b/w) file

Catalogue des manuscripts en Pāli, laotien et siamois provenant de la Thailande [COMDC 2:2]; København: Det Kongelige Bibliotek 1966 (searchable (b/w) file)

Catalogue of Indonesian manuscripts: Part 1, Batak manuscripts; Part 2, Javanese, Malay, Lampung manuscripts and Mads Lange's letters (available as searchable (b/w) files

The collection has materials in Sinhalese, Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Thai, Viet-Muong, Austroasiatic and Mon-Khmer languages. 

A small collection of Shan-materials (mostly in Shan language but some in English) on language teaching, grammars, history og politics can be ordered for use at Reading Room West. Collected by the linguist Jørgen Rischel. It is listed in the document Shanarchive (in Danish/English) and can be oredered in REX.


School of Oriental and African Studies. Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen. Fachinformationsführer zu süd- und südostasiatischen Sprachen und Kulturen
Includes links to other useful information


Letter from the Balinese wife of Mads Lange, ca. 1840