Southeast Asian Core Collections

The souheast asian collections are the heart of the Library of the French school of asian studies. It covers a wide range of geographical areas, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and to a lesser extent East Timor and the Philippines.

The core of the collections was built by the Indochinese studies lead by the founding fathers of our school, Louis Finot, Georges Coedès, and Henri Parmentier. The Southeast Asian collections then kept on increasing via donations, exchanges, and purchases focusing on Efeo's domains of excellency, archeology, architecture and art history, epigraphy and philology, languages and classical literature, history and religious studies.

The collections grow through purchases of documents in western languages in Paris headquarters, as well as in vernacular in Southeast Asia via the research centres in Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta among others.
The Southeast Asian collections have close to 33 000 monographies catalogued in SUDOC, half of which in vernacular, and about 300 periodicals.
In terms of statistics, Thailand has the most documents with 15 000 references in the catalogue, Indonesia is second with 6 000 titles, Vietnam has 3 000 titles and finally Cambodia with nearly 2 000.

Moreover our library has a precious collection of manuscripts and rubbings collected during our researchers field studies abroad, from the Indochinese period to present day.
These collections comprise several hundreds khmer and cham manuscripts, over one hundred siamese and pali manuscripts and a dozen indonesian and burmese manuscripts.
Finally, the collection of rubbings concerns Cambodia (over one thousand), Campa and Indonesia (several hundreds) as well as the State of Rhakine and Myanmar (several dozens).

Contact: Magali Morel, head of the Southeast Asian core collections

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Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


The Maison de l'Asie and the library are closed to the public from March 16 until further notice.

All cultural and scientific events are cancelled.
Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


The Maison de l'Asie and the library are closed to the public from March 16 until further notice.

All cultural and scientific events are cancelled.
Doctoral contract – Campaign 2020
17 May 2020
Extension of the deadline for submitting applications for MESRI doctoral contracts - EFE.

Due to the current health crisis, the deadlines for submitting applications for the MESRI Doctoral Contracts - EFE, 2020-2023, have been extended.

The conditions remain unchanged but candidates who have already submitted their application may, if they deem it necessary, update it and send a new version by 17 May. Applications received remain registered.

The arbitrations will, as initially planned, be rendered during the month of June.

Details and the procedure for submitting applications to the EFEO can be found here.

Application documents may be sent until May 17th, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (Paris time), according to the procedures specific to each EFE. The results will be sent before the end of June.
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Blogpost
01 May 2020
Discover Arlo Griffiths' article on the DHARMA project blog: "Cataloging and digitizing estampages of inscriptions from Leiden University Library".
''Kyoto lectures''
Kyoto, Japan, 22 April 2020
The EFEO/ISEAS Center in Kyoto has decided to continue some of its activities online.

The next lecture (Kyoto lectures) will take place on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Japan (11 a.m. in France) and will be presented by Alistair Swale (University of Canterbury, New Zealand): "Gesaku Literati and Early Meiji Print Culture: Remaking Popular Culture for the Masses".

To join the conference click on this link.
The password will be put online on April 21 on the ISEAS and EFEO web page and on the blog of the Kyoto Center.