The library of the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC is one of “specialization”, with emphasis on collections of books, magazines andother printed and digital materials relating to Thailand and Thai- US relations.
These books have been gathered gradually over a long period of time, some of which came in as early as pre-World War II. However, at the beginning, they had not been sorted and classified as “library” materials. Hence, they were not easily accessible for the public at the time.
In 2008, on the occasion of the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of Thai – US relations, the Embassy initiated a project to set up an Embassy’s library, with a goal to have a proper library that will serve as decent depository of books on Thailand and Thai – US relations, for the benefits of the Embassy’s officials, researcher and other individuals, who may be interested in the subjects.
Following a six-month-long groundwork, the library was opened on September 1, 2008. The library is housed on the ground floor of the Embassy’s chancery building, located at 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. Among its 1,400 books and records, most of them are related to Thai history, Thai arts and literature, Buddhism, Monarchy and Thai – US relations, some of which could be classified as rare and of great historical and literary values.
The Embassy’s library is classified in the Dewey System. It is equipped with facilities for online search. The upgrading process of the Embassy’s facilities is, however, still undergoing. The setting up of magazines and digital materials corner, particularly those of Thai films and music, is also underway.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Monday to Friday (except Embassy’s Holiday)
from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 1024 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Washington DC 20007
For the public: contact Librarian