Special collection of Altaic and Paleo-Asiatic Literature at Göttingen State and University Library

Mongolian, Turkic and Tungusic languages together with Korean form a group called “Altaic Languages”. The Paleo-Asiatic languages are isolated languages from eastern Siberia and parts of Japan, as well as Ainu, Gilyak, Kamtchatken, the Eskimo-Aleut languages on both sides of the Bering Strait.

Göttingen State and University Library holds an extensive collection of Altaic and Paleo-Asiatic Literature. Thereof the largest collection of Korean literature in Germany, which consist in significant part of North-Korean literature.

Other unique collections are the Literature from Xinjiang, by Uyghurs, Kazaks, Kyrgyz, Oirats, and Sibo, as well as Mongolian literature from Inner Mongolia, Outer Mongolia, Buryatia, Kalmykia, consisting of about 18.000 titles.

Göttingen State and University Library holds these distinguished twentieth and twenty-first century items but also has a rich collection of older material, most prominently the Asch collection, which came to Göttingen in the eighteenth century consisting mainly of monographs and early prints in Mongolian and Tatarian but also in other objects.