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American Oriental Society (AOS) Library

The library of the American Oriental Society (AOS) supports and documents research in the languages and literatures of Asia. Its holdings include materials in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Chinese, Japanese, and Armenian.

The collection's printed materials are located in Room 329 of Sterling Memorial Library (SML), while its manuscripts are housed in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The majority of these materials have been cataloged and can be discovered through Orbis (the online catalog of the Yale University Library) and the Beinecke's Uncatalogued Acquisitions Database.

The Catalogue of the Library of the American Oriental Society (Elizabeth Strout, ed., New Haven: Yale University Library, 1930) describes the printed materials in the collection as of the date of its publication.

Opening hours for the AOS Library change every semester, according to staff availability, but materials can be paged from the collection by using the "Request" link found in all ORBIS catalog records (allow about 24 hours for the materials to become available). These materials do not circulate outside of the building.

Fall 2014 hours:

M & W 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
F 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

The library is only staffed for a few hours each week, and it has no telephone. For questions about the collection or access to the room, send an e-mail to the librarian for Middle Eastern studies:


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