South/Southeast Asia Library (study only)

  This location is open only for browsing the collections and studying. Need research help? See the research section.

The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL) is the reference center for South and Southeast Asia social sciences and humanities on the UC Berkeley campus. The library includes an extensive reference collection of bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, atlases, directories, statistical annuals, core works, and current high-use periodicals.

This library is wheelchair accessible.


Jul 21 - Jul 27
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South/Southeast Asia Library (study only) monthly calendar Closed 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed
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  • Use online tools or connect with a librarian to achieve your research goals. 

  • The UC Berkeley Library provides special assistance to Library users with disabilities as they engage with the Library and its resources.

  • Make use of the printing and scanning options available at most library locations.

  • Learn how to access or place textbooks and other materials on digital course reserves.

  • 510-642-9255 (642-WALK)

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Doe Library exterior
South/Southeast Asia Library
120 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore the South/Southeast Asia Library


Physical access to the South/Southeast Asia Library is open to all researchers and visitors without requirement of any identification, registration, pass, or prior arrangements. Certain services, collections, equipment, or rooms within this library may be available only to certain groups of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.


The UC Berkeley Library’s collections are rich and bountiful — and they’re waiting to be explored by members of the UC Berkeley community and knowledge-seekers everywhere. Use UC Library Search, the University of California’s all-in-one-platform for discovery, to find books, journals, articles, and more, and check them out at libraries across the Berkeley campus and at other UC schools. Learn more about borrowing Library materials.


Fast facts about the South/Southeast Asia Library:
  • Covers 19 South/Southeast Asian countries.
  • Collects in more than 30 Western and South/Southeast Asian languages.
  • Houses thousands of non-circulating items, including reference books, atlases, journals, archives, and special collections.
  • Gathers hundreds of thousands of circulating items in humanities and social sciences that are shelved in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, subject specialty libraries, and off-campus facility.
  • Serves as the center for connected learning of integrated and multidisciplinary research and teaching in South/Southeast Asian studies.
  • Provides on-site consultation and online access to South/Southeast Asian collections.
  • Promotes awareness and knowledge of South/Southeast Asia through faculty and graduate student scholarship and publicity of academic events.
  • Offers a quiet and conducive study environment with comfortable seating.

South Asia resources include materials from:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Southeast Asia resources include materials from:
Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Research help

For research help with South Asian studies, please contact Adnan Malik, cataloger and curator for South Asia Collections at 510-854-9572 or

For research help with Southeast Asian studies, please contact Virginia Shih, curator for Southeast Asia and Buddhist Studies Collections, at 510-643-0850  or