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Bawden Library

Collection Details

Bawden Library held at Ancient India and Iran Trust Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Covers every aspect of Mongolian studies. It has many materials in Mongolian and Russian, apart from the 'standard' western languages.

History and development

This library has been donated to the Ancient India & Iran Trust by Prof. Charles Bawden (SOAS, chair in Mongolian Studies) in March 2001. Prof. Bawden built his collection over many years, acquiring books also during his several trips to Mongolia.


The collection is fairly comprehensive, providing a firm basis for the study of Mongolian language (there are more than 40 different Mongolian dictionaries), literature, history, religion and culture of Mongolia. The history of modern Mongolia is particularly well represented through a variety of materials, including also books and periodicals (scientific and popular) published in Mongolia which give insight into politics and life in Mongolia during the communist period.

General arrangement and access regulations

Books are arranged by subject and located by the shelfmark as indicated in the catalogue record.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus.



Languages of material

English, Mongolian.


Arts, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Religion, Travel.

Languages as linguistic focus


Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Audio materials (includes cassettes & CDs), Books, Maps (includes all types of cartographic material), Music (only includes printed & manuscript music), Serials.

Total size of collection

2000 volumes, 4000vacheron constantin overseas replica patek philippe replica cartier replica watches audemars piguet royal oak offshore chrono auto replica offprint articles

Size of collection - vernacular

900 volumes

Size of collection - western

1100 volumes, 4000 offprint articles

Collection Management Information

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

Content date range

1850 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

The library is for reference use only and does not lend books out or arrange inter-library loans.

Collection Catalogue Information


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