SOAS University of London

British Library

Asia House presents


in association with The British Library & SOAS

British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and in all written and spoken languages. The Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library are one of the world's major centres for the study of Asia. They have their origin in the Oriental manuscripts and books of the founding collections of the British Museum in 1753. In 1982 the India Office Library and Records joined the British Library, enriching the collections with thousands of manuscripts, 14 kilometres of archives, 105,000 maps, 250,000 books and the personal papers of hundreds of British figures who lived and worked in Asia. There are also unrivalled holdings of 250,000 original photographs and 30,000 paintings and drawings.

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