Perpustakaan Nasional Republik Indonesia

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The National Library (PerpusNas) is the legal deposit library of the Republic of Indonesia, primarily a collection of books, periodicals, and newspapers. It inherited the non-anthropological/ non-archeological collection that the Dutch held at the National Museum (Museum Gajah), and has, of course, expanded greatly since independence. The closed stacks collection is by no means as complete as the great centers for research on Indonesian history (Yale, Cornell, Leiden, and ANU come to mind), but the periodicals and especially the newspaper collection are extensive, if poorly maintained.





Jalan Salemba, Jakarta Pusat



+62 21 315 4863



Schedule & hours

Closed for all national holidays

Working language(s)

Indonesian and English are the most useful languages, although some of the materials are printed in Dutch or regional languages.

Directions to the archive

Two busway lines come to the library, both hitting the Matraman stop.


Online catalog available at:

The includes primarily the book collection; newspapers and periodicals have to be searched for in the hard copy catalogs held in their respective divisions on the sixth and seventh floors.

Research procedures


PerpusNas does not check for research permits, but technically any foreign researcher conducting any academic research anywhere in Indonesia must enter the country on a research visa and secure a research permit (Surat Izin Penelitian) from the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology. For information on this process, see Research Procedures for Foreigners.

The library does make all users register, however. This process takes no more than 20 minutes, involves a minimal fee, and is good for a complete calendar year. Be sure to bring your university ID if you are a student, and some form of government ID (Indonesian government ID, such as a KITAS or SKLD, is best).

Permitted and prohibited items

Bags should be left at a locker on the first floor, but notebooks, pens, and laptops can be carried up into the reading rooms.

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Photocopying, photography, microfilming

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Key individuals

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