Exhibition of rare books and artworks in the Society’s Reading Room.

Accessing the Collections

Librarian: Edward Weech
Contact: ew@royalasiaticsociety.org

Archivist: Nancy Charley
Contact: nc@royalasiaticsociety.org

Most items in our Collections can be made available for you to consult in our Reading Room which is open at the following times:

  • Tuesday 10am-5pm
  • Thursday 2pm-5pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm

Please note that our Reading Room will be closed on Tuesday 18 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. We will be open as usual on Thursday and Friday.

The Reading Room is located on the first floor of our building and is wheelchair accessible. Our building is located just a couple of minutes from Euston, Euston Square, and Warren Street stations, or a fifteen-minute walk from King’s Cross/St Pancras. Please find a map here.

Anyone is welcome to visit to consult our collections during these hours, and almost all of our collections can be made available at short notice. We may ask for an explanation of your research if you request to see particularly rare or fragile material. For more information, please contact us.

Please contact us to let us know when you intend to visit so we can ensure you are not disappointed upon your arrival. However, if for any reason you are not able to give us advance notice, we will do our best to accommodate you when you arrive.

When you first visit the reading room, please bring photographic identification and proof of address. This is required to register as a reader and use our collections.

Slide Show of Images from Our Collection

Edward-Walter-Hutchinson-[1880]-1972
Japanese Hand-Tinted Photograph
Royal Asiatic Society
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