Contact Information
  • Subject Librarian: Akram Khabibullaev
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E960
  • Phone: (812) 855-9885
Additional Contacts
    • Senior Collections Reference Assistant: Todd Ramlo
    • Location: Wells E960
    • Phone: (812) 855-9885
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 6/4/2013

Libraries & Archives (Central Eurasian Studies)

IU-Bloomington Collections
Libraries in the United States
International (Digital)
Libraries in Europe
Libraries in Asia & Middle East
Directories of Libraries Worldwide
Other Useful Library Links

INDIANA UNIVERSITY COLLECTIONS (link to IUCAT with IU log-in; IUCAT searches all but the SRIFIAS Library collection)

  • Central Eurasian Studies Collection (Wells Library)
  • Cyrillia: Maps of East & Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia (Geography & Map collection, Wells Library)
  • East Asian Studies Collection (Wells Library)
  • Fine Arts Library
  • Lilly Library (rare books, manuscripts, and special collections; among other Central Eurasian treasures, the Lilly Library houses the only complete collection in North America of imprints from the Müteferrika Press, which was the earliest press in the Islamic world)
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Collection (Wells Library)
  • Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies Library (SRIFIAS) (an independent, non-circulating collection at IUB; search catalog)
  • Slavic and East European Studies Collection (Wells Library)
  • Tibetan Studies Collection (Wells Library)

    UNITED STATES (most US libraries include Central Eurasian materials in Middle Eastern, Slavic or East Asian collections)
    See also: List of East Asian collections in North American libraries (Council on East Asian Libraries [CEAL])

  • Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library
  • Columbia University Libraries, Post-Soviet Nationalities Collection
  • Cornell University, Wason Collection on East Asia (includes a narly 9,000-volume "Tibet Collection")
  • Harvard University, Widener Library, Middle Eastern Collection
  • Harvard-Yenching Library (includes Manchu, Mongolian, and Tibetan collections)
  • Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library (New York City)
  • Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Collections
  • Library of Congress, Asian Collections (see also: China/Mongolia Team, Asian Reading Room)
  • New York University Libraries, Afghanistan Digital Library
  • Nitartha Library Project
  • Ohio State University, Middle East Studies Collection
  • Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Digital Library (requires IU log-in; NOTE: Microsoft's Internet Explorer [IE] does not work with this website)
  • University of Chicago, Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Collections
  • University of Michigan, Turkish Studies
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection (includes some online digitized collections)
  • University of Virginia Library, Tibetan Studies
  • University of Washington, Near East Section
  • Western Washington University, Mongolian Studies (follow link to "Mongolian Holdings in WWU Libraries"; WWU maintains the largest Mongolian-language collection in the US)


  • Digital Library for International Research (DLIR) (portal to the online library catalogs and digitized materials held by members of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers; includes research collections in Mongolia and Turkey)


    Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Orijentalni Institut u Sarajevu (Oriental Institute in Sarajevo)

  • Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu (National Library of Estonia) (search catalog)
  • ESTER (online, shared catalogues of the members of the Consortium of Estonian Libraries Network [ELNET]; there are two databases: ESTER-Tallinn and ESTER-Tartu)

  • Fennica (National Bibliography of Finland)
  • Kansalliskirjasto (National Library of Finland) (search HELKA catalog [combined holdings of Helsinki University libraries and the National Library of Finland])
  • (provides access to many Finnish library services through one user interface)

  • Digital Persian Archive: An Image Database of Persian Historical Documents from Iran and Central Asia up to the 20th Century (a research project of the Iranian Studies Division at the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany)
  • Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) (portal for Middle East, North African, and Islamic Studies; provides access to electronic full-text materials and electronic bibliographical records of printed materials and manuscripts)

  • Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár (Hungarian Electronic Library)
  • Magyar Országos Levéltár (National Archives of Hungary)
  • Országos Széchényi Könyvtár (National Széchényi Library/Hungarian National Library) (search catalog)
  • See also: HUNOPAC: Könyvtári információ Magyarországon (Library Information in Hungary) (comprehensive list of links to libraries in Hungary)
  • See also: Libinfo: Magyar Könyvtárak Internetes Tájékoztató Szolgáltatása (Libinfo: The Online Information Service of Hungarian Libraries) (reference assistance related to Hungary and supported by a consortium of libraries)

  • Tucci Tibetan Fund in the Library of IsMEO

  • Leiden University Libraries (holds large, special collection of Oriental and Islamic manuscripts, including, for instance, the collections "Xinjiang Islamic Manuscripts" [collected by Frederick de Jong] and "Turkish Manuscripts and Rare Printed Books")

  • Arkhivy Rossii (Russian State Archives)
  • Institut Vostochnykh Rukopisei (Institute of Oriental Manuscripts)
  • Rossiiskaia Gosudarstvennaia Biblioteka (Russian State Library) (formerly the Lenin Library; description of Oriental collections here)
  • Rossiiskaia Natsional'naia Biblioteka (Russian National Library) (formerly the Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library)
    Guides to archival repositories in Russian Federation:
  • ArcheoBiblioBase (comprehensive resource in English; list of regional archives HERE)
  • Arkhivy Rossii (links to databases; in Russian)
  • Russian Archival Guides (document prepared by IUB-Wells Slavic Collection)
  • See also: Links to online library catalogs in Russia and Eastern Europe

    United Kingdom
  • International Dunhuang Project (IDP)
  • Tibetan-Mongolian Rare Books and Manuscripts Project (TMRBM)
  • UK Information Resources on Asia (UKIRA): Central Asia and the Caucasus (summaries of relevant library collections in the UK)


  • Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (click on catalogue link to search library's collection)

  • Fuzuli Institute of Manscripts (Məhəmməd Füzuli adına Əlyazmalar İnstitutu) (Baku)

  • Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) (Dharamsala, India)
  • National Mission for Manuscripts (online database of manuscripts relating to India's history)
  • Songtsen Library (Center for Tibetan & Himalayan Studies, Dehra Dun, India)

  • National Library and Archives of Iran

  • Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library)

  • Libraries in Kazakhstan / Alternate list
  • Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Library
  • National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Central Scientific Library of the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science [Қазақстан Республикасы Бiлiм және Ғылым Министiрлiгi Орталық Ғылыми Кiтапхана]
  • National Academic Library of Kazakhstan [Қазақстан Республикасының Ұлттық Академиялық Кітапханасы] (Astana)

  • Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University Library
  • Library of the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
  • National Library of Kyrgyzstan
  • United Nations Library in Kyrgyzstan (very small collection)

  • American Center for Mongolian Studies Library (see also the ACMS' Inner Asia Digital Archive and other electronic resources)
  • Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) (access to the digitized texts is free, but requires the use of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, not Microsoft Internet Explorer; project ended prematurely in 2008)
  • National Central Archives of Mongolia (Архивын Ерөнхий Газар)
  • National Library of Mongolia (Mongol Ulsyn Undesnii Nomyn San) (online catalog)

  • Archives of the Grand Secretariat (內閣大庫檔案) (contains over 300,000 documents for Qing [Manchu] China; housed at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei)

  • National Library of Tajikistan (Национальная Библиотека Республики Таджикистан имени Абулкасима Фирдавси) (catalog not yet online)

  • National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan

    Tibet (China)
  • Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) (access to the digitized texts is free, but requires the use of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, not Microsoft Internet Explorer; project ended prematurely in 2008)
  • Library of Tibetan Works & Archives (Dharamsala, India)

  • List of libraries in Turkey
  • Başbakanlık Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü (the Ottoman archives, one of the largest archives in the world; General Directorate for State Archives) (online catalog)
  • Kaireios Library (database of Ottoman documents related to Andros Island, Greek Cyclades)
  • Milli Kütüphane (National Library of Turkey)
  • Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) Library
  • Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi = Süleymaniye Library
  • Women's Library and Information Center Foundation (Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi ve Bilgi Merkezi Vakfı)

  • National Library (not online)

  • Bukhara Library
  • Alisher Navoi National Library of Uzbekistan (Национальная Библиотека Узбекистана имени Алишера Навои)
  • State Archives of Uzbekistan (Архивы Узбекистана)
  • Uzbekistan Library Association


  • Archives Wiki (clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world; sponsored by the American Historical Association)
  • Libdex
  • Libweb (apparently not updated since 2004)
  • Lib-web-cats (directory of libraries throughout the world)
  • Repositories of Primary Sources (maintained by the University of Idaho Library)


  • ALA-LC Romanization Tables
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • IUCAT (IU log-in)
  • WorldCat OCLC’s online union catalog, the world’s most comprehensive bibliographical resource (requires IU log-in)
  • last updated: 6/4/2013