ACMS Library

ACMS Library
The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) research library was established just after the ACMS opened its permanent office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the spring of 2004. It is intended to act as a central library of academic information and materials for scholars conducting research or study related to the Inner Asian region, as well as serve as a model library for local institutions and other small international research centers.

It is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. The library has a reading room with study areas and computer terminals with Internet access. In order to protect the library's books from damage and improper use, only ACMS members have open access to the library stacks. However, non-members may request access to particular items at any time with the assistance of an ACMS staff member. The library contains over 4000 volumes related to Mongolia and disciplines active in the Inner Asian region such as anthropology, economics, biology, archeology, climatology, political science, literature, and many more. The collection is one of the best in the country with works spanning the late 19th century to the present day in English, Mongolian Cyrillic, Mongol Script, Russian, and several other languages.

Online Catalogs

Records for cataloged items in the library collection are available through the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR) union catalog, which contains records for items in American Overseas Researcher Centers (AORC) in 23 other countries. International cataloging standards are utilized in creating records, and all cataloged items are assigned a Library of Congress call number. When using the catalog, ACMS patrons should restrict their searches to the location "American Center for Mongolian Studies" and collection "ACMS Library" to avoid pulling up records from other AORCs. The catalog can be accessed through the menu bar to the left or through the following link:

The DLIR union catalog's records are also available through the OCLC (World Cat) union catalog. Records are listed for "Digital Library for International Research" in the catalog. WorldCat is a union catalog of several hundred academic and research libraries in the United States and in other countries. Individuals with institutional affiliations such as university faculty or students should have access to OCLC through their institutions' libraries. You can perform a quick search on the WorldCat catalog through the ACMS library website at the following link: WorldCat Catalog.

JSTOR - Online Journal Archive

Public Access to the online archive JSTOR is available at the ACMS library. JSTOR provides researchers access to full-text copies of articles in over 700 academic journals spanning from the 17th century to the present day. Access to JSTOR is provided by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), its Digital Library for International Research (DLIR) program, a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support from JSTOR, and private donations.

Other Resources

Printing and photocopier equipment are also available to patrons, as well as scanning equipment. The library computers offer several well known software packages for editing and publishing written and photographic materials. The library also has lockers for patrons to store valuable items such as laptops, bags, and books.

There is always a reading room attendant available to answer questions, and patrons are encouraged to seek assistance whenever they need it. The reading room is a quiet study area, so patrons are asked to use low voices when seeking assistance or interacting with other patrons. If patrons need an area to have a discussion with an ACMS staff member or another patron, the ACMS administrative office, where the books stacks are kept, has a conference table available for use.