Monday, July 25, 2005

Collections in Singapore about Asia (I)

With the new National Library opening (Lee Kong Chian Reference Library), I thought it would be appropriate to begin a series on Collections about Asia in various libraries and institutions. We begin with the LKCRL Collections and its main collection highlight - the Singapore and Southeast Asia Collections. Besides books, the collection also has unique non-print materials released for the first time for public viewing. These include maps, and ephemera such as brochures and posters. The rare books have been consolidated with resources previously in the warehouse and these are easily accessible through microfilms. Unique collections such as the Gibson-Hill Collection , the Ya Yin Kwan Collection and the Asian Children's Collection profile specific subject studies such as natural history, the overseas Chinese and illustrated Asian folktales respectively.

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