Archives, Libraries and
Asian Studies Documentation Centres

In Portugal, there are, in Lisbon, in addition to the CCCM Library, the CHAM Library (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), the Library of the Institute of Asian Studies and the João Paulo II University Library (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), the Library of the Academy of Sciences, the Library of the Geographical Society of Lisbon, the Camões Library, the António Alçada Baptista Documentation Centre of the Oriente Foundation, and the Documentation Centre of the Instituto do Oriente (ISCSP). Furthermore, there are other entities that have collections related to Asia. It should also be noted that three of the most important archives and international reference libraries in Portugal with such collections are in the vicinity of the CCCM, namely the Ajuda Library, the Overseas Historical Archives, and the Archives  for Diplomatic History. It may also be mentioned that the CCCM lies in close proximity to the Archives of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Other archives and libraries based in Lisbon, such as the Torre do Tombo National Archives and the National Library of Portugal, are easily accessible from the CCCM, due to its excellent central location. Outside the Lisbon region, other institutions that hold collections in the same fields are the District Archives of Braga, the District Archives of Porto, the Public and Municipal Library of Porto, the Archives and Library of the University of Coimbra, the Public Library of Évora, the Évora District Archives, and the National Palace of Mafra Library.

Archives, Libraries and Documentation Centres


1 – Biblioteca do CCCM

Largest specialized research library on China, Macau, East Asia and Eurasian relations

2 – Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo

National State archive responsible for safeguarding original documents from the 9th century to the present

3 – Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino

Collections of printed and handwritten charts and documents on Asia, China and Macau

4 – Arquivo Histórico Diplomático (MNE)

Collections of Treaties and other international documents signed by Portugal; collections of monographs prepared by diplomats and other official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Collections from former or current employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

5 – Biblioteca da Academia das Ciências

Rich collection of scientific works which, in addition to works in Portuguese, includes Chinese and Islamic holdings

6 – Biblioteca da Ajuda

Manuscript collections, including 226 Codices from the Symmicta Lusitanica and 61 volumes of writings by Jesuits in Asia, in addition to several printed texts about Asia in modern editions

7 – Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal

Portuguese works from the 11th to the 21st centuries; publications published in Portugal since 1931; theses and academic papers from Portuguese universities since 1986; still has in its custody important manuscripts linked to Asia in the Reserved sections for iconography and cartography

8 – Centro de Documentação António Alçada Baptista (Fundação Oriente)

Documentation centre focused on Asia, and Asian relations with Portugal, within the scope of social and human sciences

9 – Centro de Documentação do Instituto do Oriente (ISCSP)

Library specialized in Asian Studies, mainly in the fields of politics, society and culture

10 – Arquivo de Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

Collections related to the promotion, financing and monitoring of scientific and technological research in the second half of the 20th century; archives of scientists, researchers and other figures linked to scientific research in Portugal, which may be relevant to the knowledge of projects and ideas concerning Asia developed in Portugal

11 – Biblioteca do CHAM - Centro de Humanidades (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Contains 14,000 volumes on Global History and, in particular, on the History of Portuguese Discoveries, and of the Portuguese presence in the world; also contains classics on navigation and travel, and sources for the history of Portuguese expansion, for the cultural history of India, and for the religious history of the East

12 – Biblioteca da Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa

Contains about 62,000 works, numerous journals, and about 6,000 manuscripts, dedicated to the history of Portuguese Discoveries and Expansion, as well as to the geography, history and ethnography of Portuguese communities

13 – Biblioteca do Instituto de Estudos Asiáticos (UCP)

Library dedicated to Asian Studies, particularly knowledge of Asian languages, societies and cultures, in the past and present

13 – Biblioteca Universitária João Paulo II (UCP)

Publications in the fields of philosophy, theology, social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, art, literature and history

14 – Biblioteca Camões (Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua)

Specialized information unit for the fields of cooperation, culture and language; junction of the library collections of the previous IPAD and Instituto Camões and their antecedents

15 - Biblioteca da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

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