The Royal Danish Library is the national library of Denmark and main centre for the country’s public libraries as well as the university library for Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University.
At the Royal Danish Library’s catalogue (REX) you can search for physical material and a large amount of e-resources from the library’s databases. The lending collections can be located in REX.
The Oriental Collection
The Oriental Collection in The Royal Library comprise manuscripts, block prints, and printed books in languages of Asia and North Africa. The collections are acquired for research in language, religion, and culture in its widest sense, including history.
The collection is divided into five main sections divided by area:
Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia
The Southeast Asian collection consists of manuscripts (including palm-leaves), printed books (monographs and journals), microfilms and AV-materials, and a small collection of objects related to the art of the Southeast Asian book.
The collection has materials in Sinhalese, Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Thai, Viet-Muong, Austroasiatic and Mon-Khmer languages.
Codices Orientales Bibliothecæ Regiæ Havniensis vol. 1 (published by Westergaard & Mehren, 1846), pp. 63ff. (click here for PDF)
Catalogue of Cambodian and Burmese Pāli manuscripts [COMDC 2:1], København: Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 1983 (click here for PDF)
Catalogue des manuscripts en Pāli, laotien et siamois provenant de la Thailande [COMDC 2:2]; København: Det Kongelige Bibliotek 1966 (PDF)
Catalogue of Indonesian manuscripts, part 1, Batak (P. Voorhoeve, Carl Schuster), 1975 (PDF)
Catalogue of Indonesian manuscripts, part 2, Batak manuscripts, Javanese, Malay, Lampung manuscripts and Mads Lange’s letters (Th. Pigeaud, F.H. Van Naerssen, P. Voorhoeve), 1977 (PDF)
A small collection of Shan-materials (mostly in Shan language but some in English) on language teaching, grammars, history and politics can be ordered for use at Reading Room West. Collected by the linguist Jørgen Rischel. It is listed in the document Shanarchive (in Danish/English).
A list of some Thai books for lending can be found as PDF here (to be ordered in the online catalogue REX: use shelf numbers for search).
Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
The South Asian collection consists of manuscripts (including palm-leaves), printed books (monographs and journals), microfilms and AV-materials, and a small collection of objects related to the art of the South Asian book.
Catalogue of Sanskrit manuscripts (Hartmur Buescher), 2011
China, Japan, Korea
The Far Eastern collections have only a few manuscripts, but many printed books (monographs and journals), including blockprints, microfilms, AV-materials and a small collection of objects related to the art of the Far Eastern book.
Catalogue of Chinese manuscripts and rare books (Bent Lerbæk Pedersen), 2014
Catalogue of Japanese manuscripts and rare books (Merete Pedersen), 2015
Catalogue of Korean manuscripts and rare books (Bent Lerbæk Pedersen), 2015
Catalogue of Yao manuscripts (Bent Lerbæk Pedersen), 2016
Mongolia, Tibet, Manchu
The Central Asian part of the Oriental Collection covers Tungusic/Mongolian and Sino-Tibetan languages, and consists of manuscripts, printed books (monographs and journals), including blockprints, microfilms and AV-materials, and a small collection of objects related to the art of the Central Asian book.
The printed catalogue of Mongolian manuscripts is available as a searchable (b/w) PDF:
Heissig, Walther et al.: Catalogue of Mongol books, manuscripts and xylographs [COMDC 3], København: Det Kongelige Bibiotek, 1971
Catalogue of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs (Hartmut Buescher and Tarab Tulku), 2000
(Only few titles in the online catalogue) Contact the library for help: email@example.com
Catalogue of Tibetan Mandalas and other images (Anne Burchardi), 2016
Manchurian manuscripts and block prints:
The Near Eastern collection consists of manuscripts, printed books (monographs and journals), microfilms and AV-materials, and a small collection of objects related to the art of the Near Eastern book, including miniature paintings.
The Near Eastern collection comprises 515 Arabic, 450 Iranian (43 are Avestan), and 100 Turkish manuscripts. The oldest items date from the 10th century C.E. (Qur’ân mss. in Kufi script).
The numbers of printed books for lending in Near Eastern languages are: Arabic 5500, Persian 1850, Turkish 5330, and Caucasian languages 600 (mainly Armenian and Georgian).
Languages in the collection:
Hamitic: Berber languages (Kabylic, Tuareg).
Indo-european languages: Armenian, Iranian languages (Avestan, Farsi, Ossetic, Pahlavi, Pashto, Tajik).
Kartvelian: Georgian, Laz, Svan.
Semitic: South Semitic languages: Arabic, Ancient Arabic; Ethiopian; and Aramaic of the Christian era.
Turkic: West Turkish, Central Asian Turkic, Uyghur
The Digital National Library
Digital editions from the Oriental Collection – chosen for their beauty, rarity, calligraphy, bindings etc. – are available on different platforms. They are available through these links:
Manuscipts and early prints (digitized 2000-2009) – the link opens a query in REX
Direct links to different groups of materials
Manuscripts (digitized 2000-2009):
Rare printed books:
Japanese and Chinese block prints (scroll a little on the sites)
Early printed books from Middle East and North Africa
Early printed books from Iran