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Area Collections at the Yale Library
The Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University has a number of specialized area collections, which cover materials in different geographical areas of the world. The area collections include foreign language materials, and books in English dealing with those regions. All the collections are among the richest and finest in the world. Following please find a list of the Area Collections:
The African Collection Yale's African collection is particularly strong
in southern Africa, and both Francophone and Anglophone countries in West and
Central Africa. The African Collection does not maintain a reading room, but
the office houses a number of annotated bibliographies, reference books, and
files. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The Curator is Dorothy Woodson, telephone: 432-1883.
For more information, click here to visit the African Collection web site.
The East Asian Collection
The East Asian Library receives publications, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea and other countries that have publishing output in East Asian languages. Most of the collection is in the stacks of Sterling Memorial library (shelved together with western language materials) although the Beinecke Library holds most of the East Asian rare books and manuscripts. In addition, some East Asian materials are kept in Mudd Library, the Library Shelving Facility (LSF), and several other libraries on campus. The East Asia Reading Room, SML Room 219, contains the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean reference collections, all of the old Yale Fv class, current periodicals, and some special collections. Office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm. The Curator is: Ellen Hammond, telephone: 432-1790. For more information, click here to visit the East Asian Collection web site.
The Judaica Collection
The collection covers the social, religious, and cultural lives of the Jewish people. Religion, Jewish philosophy and modern thought, talmudica, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino languages and literatures are among the disciplines represented in the collection. The circulating collection is located in the SML stacks. Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino books are located on the sixth floor mezzanine (6M) of the SML stacks. The Judaica Reading and Reference Room is located in 335B SML. It is open during Library hours. The office of the Judaica Curator, Nanette Stahl, is attached to the Reading Room. Telephone: 432-7207. For more information, click here to visit the Judaica Collection web site.
Latin American Collection
The Latin American Collection covers the most important materials in the fields of the humanities and social sciences published in South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. The collection is especially rich in the areas of 19th century Peruvian and Mexican history. Office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The Curator is Cesar Rodriguez, telephone: 432-1835. For more information, click here to visit the Latin American Collection web site.
The Near East Collection
The majority of the Near East Collection is located in the Sterling Memorial Library stacks on the 3rd floor Mezzanine and the Arabic Islamic Reading Room at room 508 SML. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5 pm. The Curator is Simon Samoeil, telephone: 432-1799. For more information, click here to visit the Near East Collection web site.
The Slavic and East European Collections
The collections contain over 100,000 volumes on Central and Southeast Europe, and around 500,000 volumes relating to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union. The reading room is in room 406 SML. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5 pm. The Curator is Tatjana Lorkovic, telephone: 432-1861. For more information, click here to visit the Slavic and East European Collections web site.
The Southeast Asia Collection
The Southeast Asia Collection mostly emphasizes social sciences and humanities in the ten countries of Southeast Asia. The books are in the Sterling Memorial Library stacks. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5 pm. The Curator is Rich Richie, telephone: 432-1859. For more information, click here to visit the Southeast Asia Collection web site.
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