Library and Documentation Services

The SEAMEO SPAFA Library and Documentation Services was established in 1986 as an integral component of the Centre, under the immediate supervision of the Centre Director.


  • Serve the Centre in the implementation of programme activities designed to meet SEAMEO SPAFA’s objectives.
  • Collect documents and document the vanishing forms of fine arts which are being endangered through neglect.
  • Co-operate with libraries and information centres, professional associations and institutions, government and non-government agencies, at national, regional and international levels, in the execution of library and information services in relevant subject fields.

Functions and Responsibilities

  • Select and acquire books and other information sources in subject fields relevant to the Centre’s interest and programmes of activities.
  • Systematically organize, store, and maintain the information materials acquired, for easy access, e.g. classification, cataloging, shelving and retrieving information.
  • Provide library and reference services such as answering queries, literature search, referral services, etc..
  • Repackage information to develop new information tools suited to the needs of users; e.g. selecting, analysing, abstracting, indexing and maintaining databases.
  • Act as a clearinghouse of information held or generated by the Centre e.g. newsletters, journals, directories, bibliographies, and digests.
  • Document cultural object and activities.
  • Publish and disseminate information on Centre’s activities and on subjects that are relevant to the Centre’s interests.
  • Provide research services, and in-service training for library personnel.

Use of Library

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 16.00 (except on public holidays).
  • Library visitors may use and photocopy materials in the library, but are not allowed to bring books out of the library.
  • For interlibrary loan, please contact the librarian.