The Library of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS Library) was established in 2019 and accommodates the collections of the South Asia Institute (SAI), the Centre for East Asian Studies (ZO), the Institute of Anthropology, and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Holding some 600,000 volumes of monographs and periodicals, more than 7,000 audiovisual resources (films and sound recordings), 150,000 other media (mainly slides, microforms, posters), 450 running subscriptions of print journals, large digital collections, as well as about 10,000 volumes of new acquisitions per year, CATS Library is one of the largest Asian libraries in Germany and Europe.
South Asia Section
The South Asian collections include publications on Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, covering various research fields in many languages. The collections serve primarily the various research activities of the South Asia Institute but are also open to the public. [More…]
Since 2022, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has been funding FID4SA - Specialized Information Service South Asia as part of the funding programme "Specialized Information Services". Heidelberg University Library and the CATS Library / South Asia Section are thus continuing the development and expansion of information services for the German South Asia-related sciences, which began in 2016 and are oriented towards peak scientific demand. [More…]
Anthropology & South East Asia
Although the former library of the Institute of Anthropology has been moved to the University Library years ago, a selection of important works as well as all new acquisitions since 2019 are now located in the CATS Library.
East Asia Section
The East Asia Department was formed from the libraries of the Institutes of East Asian Art History, Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies.
The Chinese Collection includes more than 100,000 volumes of monographs and about 40,000 volumes of periodicals, including 266 running subscriptons of printed journals. A special focus of the collections, which are altogether remarkably wide-ranging, is on the late Qing and the Republican era, including a collection of journals and newspapers from this period that is unique in Europe. A rich collection of Chinese films, music recordings, comics, propaganda posters, databases and other resources form another important basis for teaching and research. [More…]
The Japanese Collection contains some 34,000 volumes of monographs and 400 titles of journals, 107 of these as running subscription. Especially noteworthy is a unique collection of about 250 sets of collected works 個人全集 covering modern Japanese literature and intellectual history. Since 1992, the holdings on social science and modern history in particular have been rapidly expanded. [More…]
East Asian Art History
The collection of the Institute of East Asian Art History provides access to about 30,000 volumes of monographs and 15,000 volumes of – partly historically important – journals, of which 100 titles are held as running subscriptions. Another important part of the collection is formed by about 132,000 slides, of which 15,000 have been digitized and are available via the image database HeidICON. [More…]
The collection of the former Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ contains more than 2,000 monographs and a number of journals covering the field of transculturality. These holdings are now part of the East Asia Department of the CATS Library.