Manuscripts, rare printed books, letters, archival materials, photographs, drawings and maps from the Orient, collected from 1575 to the present day.
Manuscripts, rare printed books, letters, other archival materials and photographs from the Middle East and North Africa.
Manuscripts and rare printed books in Hebrew and other Semitic languages, Coptic and Armenian.
Manuscripts and block prints, photographs, archival materials, miniatures and drawings, maps as well as rare printed books on South Asia and Central Asia.
Among the collections from or related to Southeast Asia, the Malay-Indonesian collection takes a prominent place. This collection includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, maps, rubbings and printed documents. Manuscripts from mainland Southeast Asia, Birma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, are well represented in the collection though on a modest scale.
Japanese blockprinted books and manuscripts, largely brought together by Philipp Franz von Siebold, and a select Sinological collection.