Welcome to Our Digital Library

The Royal Asiatic Society's Digital Library provides free online access to some of our historic collections, for a worldwide audience. The site features archives, manuscripts, artwork, photographs, and more, from a variety of Asian cultures, as well as materials showing some of the ways Europeans have responded to Asia over the centuries. The site does not contain our whole collection, but we aim to constantly add new content. For further information about any of our collections or activities, please contact us or visit the Society’s main website.

We are very grateful to the Friends of the National Libraries for generously supporting the creation of this Digital Library, and for the digitization of the Thomas Manning Archive. We are also grateful to the following partners for their generous support towards the digitization of items in the Society’s collections: Kahle/Austin Foundation; National Library Board, Singapore; Professor Charles Melville, Dr Firuza Melville, and the Pembroke Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies; Dr Barbara Brend; and Byoma Kusuma Buddhadharma Sangha.


Thomas William Rhys Davids and the Pāli Language


Cataloguing the Duncanson Collection


Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities



This Wednesday (12th May) marked the 178th anniversary of the birth of the Pāli scholar, Thomas William Rhys Davids…

Today is the last day to sign up for this event on Monday evening. We look forward to seeing many of you there!…

Please join us on Thurs 20th May for the book launch of Amanda Phillips' 𝙎𝙚𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚: 𝙊𝙩𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙏𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙈…

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