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Asian Collections

Collection Details

Asian Collections held at Cardiff Libraries and Information Service [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The Asian Collection based on languages cover selection of subjects as per the needs and requirements and interest of local communities. The Ethnic Services Department of the library covers 14 languages which represents the local ethnic minority community ranging from Asian, North African and Middle East to Oriental Languages. Other Departments of the library covering English language resources represents ethnic collection based on subject and authors.

History and development

The Ethnic Services Department as a separate entity representing non european collection was established in 1984. It has come a long way with the changing needs and requirements of its clients. There are new languages added and some old one gone with new migrants to the city. There is more outreach and link work been done by the department to involve the community in the library.


Language is an important link for the people to identify themselves with their roots. Waleswise, it is the biggest collection in various languages.The Collection in various languages is the evidence of cultural diversity of Cardiff.

The key features of the collection in specific and department as a whole are-

Includes all major subjects of interest to the local community.

Supports people with ESOL resources.

Keeps people informed and give them to read what they want to read in their own language.

Keeps the languages skills intact to build upon new skills.

Periodicals link the readers with their home country with news from local as well as back home.

Celebrates diversity and social inclusion via organising displays, events and participation in local community events.

An important section for people learning different languages as well, to upgrade their skills from basic to advanced by reading resources available for all age groups and levels.

General arrangement and access regulations

All stock is open access

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.


Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan.

Languages of material

Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Kurdish, Marathi, Panjabi, Persian, Somali, Tamil, Urdu.


Arts, Development, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Human rights, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Politics and government, Recreation, Religion, Science and technology, Sociology, Travel, Women.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Audio materials (includes cassettes & CDs), Books, Music (only includes printed & manuscript music), Newspapers (includes microfilm editions), Serials, Visual materials (includes photographs, prints, drawings, videos & films).

Total size of collection

Asian Language Material- 11600 Books,1415 Videos/DVDS,70 music cds,74 Spoken Word resources,54 periodical titles

Size of collection - vernacular


Collection Management Information

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

Content date range

1997 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

InterLibrary Loan service is available with a small charge. If any book is not available in the library we can try to aqcuire from other authorities.

Collection policy

Considering the number of languages and different cultures it caters to, the department follows its own Stock Selection policy in conjunction with the Welsh Public Library Standards. Readerís request and any recommendations are considered on priority and best effort is made to make the resources available either locally or from the originating country.

Collection Catalogue Information


Online catalogue is available

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