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The Library (for NMV members)

The NMV Library is a wonderful way to discover Asia and Thailand and is full of hidden treasures.

The NMV Library is a specialized library emphasizing the arts, religions and history of Asia. The collection contains 4000 books and periodicals in English, French, German and Japanese.

In 2008, a brand new computerized system was created, managing a complete data base. Check out and check in is done directly on computer.


Books are shelved by subjects for a better visibility.

Book classification follows the numeral Dewey system.

  • Religions and beliefs
  • Mythology
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Other religions
  • Iconography of gods
  • Arts (general, Asian Arts, Arts sorted by countries: China, Thailand)
    Arts is the biggest section.
  • Ceramics
  • Paintings and mural paintings
  • Fiction
  • Travel guides
  • Geography and maps of South East Asia
  • Culture and society (sorted bu country)
  • History (sorted bu country)
  • Japanese books
  • German books
  • Chinese books


  • NMV newsletter (1970- 2014)
  • Sawadee
  • Aseanie (articles both in French and English)
  • Orientations
  • Arts of Asia
  • MARG (specialized in Indian arts)


Some files are directly collected on CD.

Books published by NMV Members

Pdf list of the NMV Members Books

Index of articles printed in the NMV Sala Magazine

Available to NMV members only

A good source for your research

Pdf index of articles printed in the NMV Sala Magazine

DVD on Symposium “500 years – Europeans in Siam”

Now available at the NMV Library

On Feb. 24th 2011 the National Museum Volunteers Bangkok held the successful Symposium “500 years-Europeans in Siam”.

You missed the event or want to hear it again: Now two DVDs with all talks are available to members and the interested public. The Donation is only 100 THB.


Books from NMV Library related to the Symposium

Pdf list of books

Availability & Other Services

The Library is located at the rear of the Museum grounds behind the main (Palace) building.

Operating Hours

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm
Closed during Thai holidays

Other Services

Please note that Photocopying or scanning of library books is no longer offered. Members may take photos from our books on their personal IT devices.

You can also pay the membership fee at the library during the opening hours. Please print first the Application Form from our page Join

Our Team

Barb, Alice, Beate, Khun Chiraphan, Mag.

Our Team of volunteers is always ready to help you with your studies or research.

Please do not hesitate to visit the library !


For any queries kindly contact at nmvlibrary@gmail.com

Book Loans


All NMV members are allowed to borrow 4 books and 2 periodicals for a 4 week duration.

Non-members are welcome to visit the library and read or consult our books, but not borrow them.

All books are loaned on an individual basis.

No exception will be made for study-group leaders to borrow books for group participants.

Books marked with a red sticker can not be remove from the library.

Overdue Books

All overdue books are subject to a fine of 20 THB per book per week.

A one time extension is allowed on borrowed books by contacting the library by email at nmvlibrary@gmail.com. If a late return is necessary, this unpleasant charge maybe avoided by contacting us.


Members are responsible for returning their books to the library. A “Book box” is available at the library to return your books, when the library is closed.

Please do not give your books to other members, any museum staff or leave them with the guards at the Museum gate.