Stanford University Library maintains a collection in Western languages to support study and teaching on Southeast Asian countries, a region with half a billion people in ten countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. At the library, the focus of the collection is on English materials published in the U.S., U.K. and European countries with selective publications from Southeast Asian countries. The subjects mainly focus on economics, modern history, politics, women's studies and Islam. Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) in the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) is a research center uniquely focused and placed to study Southeast Asia. It is the only university-based program in the United States dedicated to researching contemporary, policy-relevant Southeast Asian affairs.
The closest major Southeast Asia research collection is found at the UC Berkeley South/Southeast Asia Library. Faculty, academic or professional staff, and currently registered graduate students should register with the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP) to borrow Berkeley Library material through the RLCP's document delivery service. Additionally, the University of California / Stanford University Reciprocal Services Program (RSP) provides eligible Stanford users with the same on-site access and borrowing privileges as are accorded their counterparts at each of the U.C. campus general libraries.
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