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The library is located on the ground floor of the Linguistics Institute. It specializes in research and development of minority languages in Southeast Asia. It contains more than 22,300 items on various subjects such as linguistics, cultural studies of minority groups, literacy, language development, ethno-arts, and translation theory and practice in the Southeast Asian context.


The library inherited a collection from Prof. David Thomas (1930-2006) who was a well-known linguist in Asia. The collection consists of thousands of historical linguistic documents from research done in Southeast Asia. Some of them are primary linguistic materials dating from the 1950’s to 1980’s, and it has become a valuable resource for language research.


The library provides services to faculty, researchers and students in the Payap University Linguistics Department and the Linguistics Institute. The services are open to researchers from other local universities and partners working on language research and development as well. The library is a member of Teamwork Global online library catalog, which is a union catalog of linguistics research libraries from different countries in Asia. Through this network we can facilitate resource sharing from participating libraries and make valuable contributions to international library cooperation.

Recent New Features

The Library website had been redesigned and launched in July 2020. The new website has a mobile friendly design which allows access from most handheld devices like smartphones, iPad, etc. Library users are able to get the library's latest news, resource updates, and search our library catalog directly from various kinds of electronic devices more easily.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Public holiday: Closed