Mapping Asia homepage Mapping Asia splash logo
Project background Search collections Search newspapers Language skills External links Contributors login
Back to results pageQuick collection searchBrowse collection recordsAdvanced collection search

Caucasus Studies

Collection Details

Caucasus Studies held at University of Durham Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

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 of Collection

Material Types

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

c.500 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Annual intake

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

Interlibrary loan procedure

Durham lends its Asian Studies material on the same basis as other material.

Collection Catalogue Information


Less than 20% of Durham University Library's Caucasus Studies material appears in the OPAC. The rest is recorded in the library's manual catalogues - the Oriental Draft catalogue for material received up to 1975 and the Author catalogue, closed in 1990. These are available on Level 2 of the Main Library.

Back to results pageQuick collection searchBrowse collection recordsAdvanced collection search