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OUR LIBRARY

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The Siam Society's collection of research manuscripts, books, rare books, photos, micro-film, tapes, videos, maps and traditional manuscripts on palm leaf, and other documents constitute the first non-privately owned library in Thailand.

The Siam Society library is noted for its outstanding rare books collection, most of which is related to Southeast Asia.

THE FOUNDING LIBRARY - 1904

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The Siam Society was founded in 1904 in cooperation with Thai and foreign scholars. The Society quickly became a learned society whose members included many of the most illustrious historians, archaeologists and epigraphers of that period.

The primary purpose of the society's library was to make this information available to its membership and the research community. The library also supports investigation and background information for its many activities: local and international study trips; lectures by noted experts and scholars; art and artifact exhibitions of international standard; classical and contemporary cultural and musical performances; seminars, and publications by the Siam Society including, two international recognized periodicals, the Journal of the Siam Society (JSS) and the Natural History Bulletin (NHB).

From its inception, the Siam Society's objective was to encourage research and information gathering on art, history, culture and natural sciences of Thailand and neighboring countries. In 1924, "Knowledge gives rise to friendship" was adopted as the Siam Society's motto to convey the message that the search for knowledge is the bridge to friendship between nations.

THE PRESERVATION AND MODERNIZATION OF THE LIBRARY 2000 - present

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In 2000, in order to preserve the collection and assure future utilization of the library's rich research and reference holdings, the Siam Society embarked on a three-year effort to systematically implement:

The goals to preserve and modernize the Siam Society's library are to:

Further improvements include:

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LIBRARY

Type of Library
Library specialized in the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences of Thailand and neighboring countries. Extensive collection on Buddhism
Library Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Collection
(approximately 50,000 volumes in Thai, English, French, etc.)
  • General Circulating Section
  • Reference Section
  • Rare Books Collection
  • Journals and Periodicals
  • Manuscripts
  • Palm-leaf and Traditional Thai books
  • Theses and Research Reports
  • Old Maps
  • Historical Photographs
  • Microfilms
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Video Tapes
Catalog
Author / Title / Subject Cards
Subject Headings
English Library of Congress Subject Headings Thai Subject Headings by Thai Higher Education Association
Classification System
Dewey Decimal Classification
Library Automation System
Softlink Alice