Chiang Mai Library Address
16/8 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 13, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Monday - Friday:
Open: 11:30 AM
Close: 8:00 PM
Open: 11:30 AM
Close: 6:00 PM
The Burma Study Center library in Chiang Mai is a non-profit library and information center operated completely through the efforts of volunteers and donations from supporters. The library offers books, research reports, news magazines, films, and other materials about Burma for the English-speaking community, as well as books in Burmese and ethnic languages for the Burmese population of Chiang Mai. We also offer free English classes and Information Technology training for all migrants from Burma. The library is also a place where people can meet and discuss ALL Burma-related issues openly and freely.
The Burma Study Center library in Chiang Mai welcomed our first members in January 2010. We continue to build-up our collection of books and media so as to become a useful resource for the community. To be able to borrow from our library collection, you must first become library member. Please visit the library in person to become a member.
The library is always seeking donations of books and other publications about Burma in English and Thai, as well as materials in Burmese, Shan, Karen, Kachin, and other ethnic languages. We also welcome monetary donations to help with library maintenance and the purchase of new resources. Donate here.
Together, we will be able to further the goal of using our privileges and resources to resist repression and support those struggling for freedom in Burma.
For more information on Burma Study Center, click here
How to view Burmese or Shan language data in our catalog
Firstly, please ensure you have the appropriate fonts installed on your system. We work with Pyidaungsu.ttf for Burmese and Panglong for Shan. Secondly, you must set your browser to use one of these as its default according to the language desired.
Technical notes on catalog data
The Burma Study Center Chiang Mai library catalog began as a simple Author/Title/Category/Call Number table in Word document format. With the arrival of volunteer library expertise this data was imported unchanged via Excel into a custom-built FileMaker Pro database, and additional fields for mutiple Subjects, Publisher, Date, and ISBN data were added. A limited subject authority list was developed and utilised, based on LOC headings, although some original Category headings used remained, e.g "Essays", "Fiction", etc. The additional data was then retrospectively added for each title.
The limitations of the FileMaker-based catalog led to research, adoption and implementation of the Open-Source software SLIMS. Data was transferred via the CSV file import system to the new Senayan catalog. Inconsistencies are being gradually rectified to bring the catalog into line with international standards.
NOTES on language
As we begin adding titles in Burmese, Shan and Thai to our catalog, we have faced many policy decisions. We have retained English language subject headings for all titles. Titles have been entered in their printed language. Authors have been entered in their printed language with Anglicised names appended in brackets to facilitate searches.