Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (RIFIAS)
The RIFIAS LibraryOpen daily during the academic year. Limited summer hours.
(Closed weekends and holidays: see the Indiana University Academic Calendar)
Consisting of a general collection and several special collections, the RIFIAS Library is one of North America's premier resources for teaching and research in the history, languages, literatures, geography, religions, and cultures of Inner Asia. The RIFIAS Library Catalog is available on line.
The general collections of the RIFIAS Library comprise about 8000 volumes, with several current journal subscriptions and other items (tapes, maps, slides).
The Library includes works in all major European languages as well as in Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Mongolian, Manchu, Persian, Arabic, Tajik, Turkish, Azeri, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, Chaghatay, and other languages of historical and contemporary Inner Asian peoples.
While many rare and otherwise inaccessible publications are available in the RIFIAS Library, the collection's primary value lies in its assembling together, in a single convenient location, all basic reference works, language textbooks, grammars, dictionaries, and important monographs relevant to Inner Asian studies.
The RIFIAS Library also houses several special collections. Foremost among these is the Central Asian Archives. Other special collections include the Turkish Folklore Archive, comprising 130 tapes of recordings made by İlhan Başgöz, and the Tibetan Collection, housed separately, consisting of a substantial number of published Tibetan texts and reprints as well as over 350 rare block-print volumes.
Taken as a whole, the RIFIAS Library is a unique collection of research material relevant to the full range of Inner Asian studies. It is unparalleled in the United States, and it is recognized as a critical resource for the Inner Asian field by scholars throughout the world.
The RIFIAS is a non-lending library. RIFIAS Library staff welcome general and specialized reference queries, but cannot accept requests for duplication, scanning, mailing, etc. of materials, or requests to conduct research.
The RIFIAS Library collections are complemented by the extensive resources of the Indiana University Libraries.