Library of Congress Office, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Library of Congress Office, Jakarta, Indonesia, is one of six overseas offices administered by the African/Asian Acquisitions and Overseas Operations Division of the Library. These offices acquire, catalog, preserve, and distribute library and research materials from countries where such materials are essentially unavailable through conventional acquisitions methods.

General Information

The Library of Congress Office, Jakarta, Indonesia, acquires a variety of materials from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The office's mission is to enrich the research collections of the Library of Congress and other research libraries with the wealth of bibliographic production from these countries. The Jakarta office exists to overcome the challenges of acquiring research materials from Southeast Asia.

In 1963, the Library of Congress Office, Jakarta, Indonesia, was opened. Today, the Jakarta office serves as the regional center for Southeast Asia and has suboffices in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila; and collection arrangements with Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, and Vietnam. More than two million pieces of research materials have been acquired for the Library of Congress and participants in the Cooperative Acquisitions Program for Southeast Asia (CAP-SEA). The Jakarta office staff of forty acquires, catalogs, and preserves publications from this region. The office also provides reference and information assistance for the U.S. Congress (via the Library's Congressional Research Service), occasionally for program participants, and also for colleagues in the American Embassy who support LC's work.

The Jakarta office collects a wide range of materials dealing with Southeast Asia including monographs, maps, nonprint materials, sound recordings, videos, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, gazettes, and electronic media. The office has recently started collecting grey literature documenting the growth of civil societies, local music in minority languages in Laos and Indonesia, early works dealing with the Islamic kingdoms of Pattani, environmental works, and works by and about Chinese in Southeast Asia.

Cooperative Acquisitions Program for Southeast Asia (CAP-SEA)

The Jakarta office manages the Cooperative Acquisitions Program for Southeast Asia (CAP-SEA) that acquires material on a cost-recovery basis from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei for the Library of Congress and institutions participating in CAP-SEA. Pilot programs for material from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines have also been initiated. The Jakarta office collects material in more than seven languages on a wide range of subjects including education, religion, anthropology, sociology, economics, government and politics, history and current events, geography and the environment, science and technology, literature, and law.

How CAP-SEA Works

CAP-SEA Cost Estimates CAP-SEA Profiles
Brunei Brunei
Cambodia Cambodia
Indonesia Indonesia
Laos Laos
Malaysia Malaysia
Philippines Philippines
Singapore Singapore
Thailand Thailand
Vietnam Vietnam
Malaysia Malaysia
Singapore Singapore
Thailand Thailand
Vietnam Vietnam

The Microformat  Preservation Program

The Jakarta office preserves in microformat publications acquired from Southeast Asia. Publications are microformatted for a number of reasons including:

  • poor quality paper with a short shelf-life;
  • publications issued in non-stable techniques like mimeograph, xerox, etc.;
  • publications so voluminous that they are difficult to use and require an inordinate amount of shelf space;
  • publications with a greater research value if organized as a collection rather than treated as individual items;
  • publications that are old and/or rare and should be preserved in several formats.

Of special note are the efforts being made to preserve the American Historical Collection. This collection documents Philippine history, particularly as it relates to the United States in the Philippines.

The Exchange Program

The Jakarta office has exchange relationships with government institutions, universities, and libraries in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. The office acquires for the Library of Congress via exchange noncommercial publications including government and scientific research reports. Several of the office's official exchange relationships are similar to the depository library program within the United States. Working with the Government Printing Office, the Library provides U.S. government documents in exchange for the official government documents of the recipient country.

With the exception of official exchanges, exchange partners receive publications (usually monographs) based on expressed subject interests. The Jakarta office exchanges commercial publications from the Unites States (although some titles collected from Southeast Asia are also available). Exchange partners receive material of equivalent value generally on a piece-by-piece basis.

Institutions wishing to participate in the exchange program should contact the Jakarta office.

Jakarta Office Serials Lists

(Lists by country and participant will soon be added.)

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Comments: Jakarta Office ( 15 February, 2008 )