The RSAA’s library reflects the interests of the Society both geographically and chronologically. The main collection consists of over 5000 books covering Asia from Turkey to Japan. Most of these books relate to Asia since the beginning of the 20th Century and deal with history, geography, politics and travel.

The collection includes a small number of biographies and books on the religions of Asia. Those books relating to Central Asia are shelved separately, reflecting the origins of the Society as the Central Asian Society. Some of the books in this section date from the second half of the 19th century.

The Catalogue of books can be searched online by Members using the links below:


Images of Asia

Forthcoming Events

Wed 30 Apr The Last British Evacuation of Kabul (Winter 1928-1929) at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 14 May Japan's Opportunities and Challenges in N E Asia at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 21 May The RSAA's India Collection at The RSAA Library


Welcome to Iraq Exhibition at South London Gallery, Peckham. Ends 1 June 2014 more…

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium 25 and 26 September 2014 more…

The Art and Archaeology of the Indian Sub-Continent A series of 27 lectures over three terms at the Bhavan Centre more…

Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future more…

Recent Recordings

Soqotra: Life in the Arabian Periphery Thanos has an excellent collection of photographs of Socotra having participated in two expeditions there

Churchill's First War: Young Winston & the Taliban A riveting and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first campaign, in Afghanistan in the 1890's, offering shocking parallels into today's Afghan war

A Journey to the Source of the Oxus


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