The library holds c.1400 works on the countries of the Caucasus, of which approximately 900 are in the vernacular. The major part of the holdings are on Armenia. A current run of newspapers on microfilm from Azerbaijan is taken, but no other current periodicals are held.
History and development
Same as general holdings
The main strengths of the collection lie in the Armenian holdings - 340 volumes of Armenian history and c.370 volumes of Armenian literature, of which 220 or so are in Armenian. There are also store holdings of 400 uncatalogued books in Armenian. Holdings on Azerbaijan and Georgia are much weaker, with 60 volumes of Azeri history, 50 volumes of Azeri literature and 40 volumes of Georgian literature being the main strengths
General arrangement and access regulations
Durham University Library's Caucasus Studies collection is on open access in the Main Library, apart from a run of newspapers on microfilm. The collection is distributed across both the ex-Oriental Library of Congress sequence and the Dewey sequences of the library. Former stock of the Oriental Library (closed 1987) is held in Library of Congress, new accessions and some older material which has been recatalogued online is in Dewey. Material on Azerbaijan is all catalogued online, most of the material on Armenia and Georgia is recorded only in manual catalogues.
Subjects of the Collection
Regions of Asia
Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia.
Languages of material
Armenian, Azerbaijani, English, French, Georgian, Russian.
Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Economics, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Politics and government, Religion, Travel.
Collection Material and Size
Books, Newspapers (includes microfilm editions), Serials.
Total size of collection
c.1400 volumes, 1 microfilmed newspaper
Size of collection - vernacular
c.900 volumes, 1 newspaper on microfilm (includes c.740 volumes in Armenian, 110 in Azerbaijani and c.20 in Georgian)
Size of collection - western
The collection is not being actively developed.
While there is no active policy of acquisition, c.20 volumes a year come in through donation and purchase, mostly historical material in English.
Content date range
0 to 0 AD
Durham lends its Asian Studies material on the same basis as other material.