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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


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Last updated 16th September 2020

The Library is open from Monday 28th September

Access to the building/library is restricted to card access only by members of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (staff and students).

Members of the University who are not from FAMES can use our Scan and Deliver service for unique titles unavailable elsewhere. Please use the form provided  on the left hand side of our website.

FAMES students planning to work in the Library will need to reserve a seat  HERE. (N.B.If you would like to book a seat for more than 2 hours at a time, please use the dropdown menu at the bottom of the booking page to select the time range.)


OPENING HOURS (Michaelmas Term 2020: Tues 6 Oct – Fri 4 Dec) 

Monday-Friday: 10.00-17.00


Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library
Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA
Tel: +44  (0)1223 335112
Internal ext: 35112


The Collections

The Faculty Library contains around 70,000 monograph volumes, around 74 current journals and 1,600 DVDs.  It is primarily an English (and European) language collection but there are many publications in the various Asian & Middle Eastern languages taught in the Faculty. These are Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew. The regional scope of the Library's collections includes China, Japan, Korea and Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent (but not South-East Asia), the Middle East (including publications on Islamic North Africa). The subject content includes the languages, literature, history, philosophy, art and archaeology of the above regions from earliest times to the present. In recent years there has been a growth in the coverage of aspects of the modern world within the same regional scope, especially literature, politics, sociology and economic conditions.

The collections are arranged on a regional basis and publications in Asian and Middle Eastern languages are not classified separately. The Library houses a number of special collections and there are also slides, videos and DVDs, photographs and maps. There is an archive collection of papers of scholars of Asia and the Middle East.

The Library is primarily a working collection for students but, because of its varied origins, it also contains a great deal of valuable material relevant to research students and local, national and international scholars.