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Oriental Department

History and Responsibilities

 The Oriental Department was founded in 1919 as a separate department of the Preussische Staatsbibliothek. It took its present structure on 1 January 1992 when the Department of Asia and Africa of the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek and the Oriental Department of the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz were amalgamated.

The select bibliography lists some titles giving further information on the department's history.

The Oriental Department's responsibilities include:

Acquisition and cataloguing of printed materials in Asian, African and European languages originating in or concerning following areas and subjects:

  • Ancient Near East and Ancient Egypt
  • Islamic countries of the Near and Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan and Central Asia (inclusive of those parts of Europe which were in the past or still are Islamic)
  • Caucasus (in co-operation with the East European Department )
  • Africa
  • Israel (as well as Hebrew Studies and Judaica)
  • South Asia
  • South-East Asia
  • Pacific Ocean

Acquisition, management and utilisation of manuscripts and woodblock prints from all regions of Asia and Africa.