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Byzantine Studies

Collection Details

Byzantine Studies held at SOAS Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

This monograph collection deals with the art, history and politics of the Byzantine Empire from the 4th Century BCE to 15th Century CE. About 600 items. Its strengths are nineteenth and twentieth century texts.

History and development

It has been developed mainly as a support for under-graduate teaching.


This is not a research collection.

General arrangement and access regulations

Open access collection, grouped together, although supported by other material on Byzantium in the Art, General, and Middle Eastern sections of the Library

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.


Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Syria, Turkey.

Languages of material

English, French, German, Russian.


Agriculture, Anthropology, Arts, History, International relations, Politics and government.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types


Total size of collection


Size of collection - vernacular


Size of collection - western


Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has stayed the same.

Annual intake

20 books

Content date range

1800 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

Co-operative agreements

  • University of London agreement to collect Byzantium in Asian and African languages and works on the Asian and African aspects of Byzantine history

Collection policy

Collection policy information: The Library aims to acquire the important contributions to Asian and African scholarship published anywhere in the world in the humanities and social sciences, as well as representative collections of literature written in Asian and African languages. It aims to be responsive to changing interests and new developments; at the same time it bears in mind its role as a leading national and international resource for Asian and African studies. For the text of the policy apply to the Director of Library and Information Services.

Retention policy

At present all material is retained with the following exceptions: outdated editions of teaching texts, multiple copies of teaching material no longer used, material for which there is no evident demand, material which has been replaced by microform, unless it is of historic value. Academic advice is normally sought before a decision is taken. Apply to the Director of Library and Information Services for further information.

Collection Catalogue Information


The online library catalogue offers access to all material acquired since 1989 and a substantial part of the material collected prior to that date. Work to add records for the earlier collections from the card catalogue is ongoing and by the end of 2002 all material acquired since 1979 will be included as well as significant parts of the rest of the collection. For those who cannot access the card catalogue on site the Library's catalogues have been published (details below).

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Since 1989 all records have been created using the current Library of Congress transliteration schemes, with the exception of Japanese which uses Modified Hepburn. As records are added to the online catalogue the transliterated records are being updated to these schemes.

Catalogue scripts

The current cataloguing and some of the earlier records for the following languages contain author and title fields in the relevant script: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Ladino, Persian, Yiddish.

Collection printed catalogues

Library catalogue of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
School of Oriental and African Studies
Boston MA: G.K. Hall & Co., 1963-1978
3 supplements were published by the same publisher in 1968, 1973 and 1978. IDC published a fifth and final supplement in microfiche for 1978-1989 in 1990

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