Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts

The Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts makes images of over 12,000 texts from throughout Laos easily accessible for study. Collaborating institutions are the National Library of Laos, the University of Passau, and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

There is a wide diversity in the manuscript collection, covering a large geographical area and historical timeframe, different literary traditions and schools of scribes, and different languages and scripts. The majority of the texts are from the Lao, Lan Na and Tai Lue traditions, with smaller numbers in Tai Nuea, and Tai Dam, etc.

The DLLM database can be searched by title, ancillary term, language, script, category, material, location, date, and code number. Images of the manuscripts can be viewed online or copied to your desktop, and complete sets of images of inventoried texts can be downloaded. The grey-tone images were digitised from microfilm, while colour images were taken directly from the original manuscripts.

The DLLM website also provides information about the Lao literary tradition, the Preservation of Lao Manuscripts Programme, study resources, and a gallery of photographs showing the manuscript preservation work of the National Library of Laos.

The DLLM website was launched in September 2009. At present 12,168 texts are searchable. Feedback on the functionality of the site and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

In September 2011, an experimental tool for searching within the digital images of a text was added to the Text View page.

Direct digitisation of manuscripts kept at the National Library of Laos started in January 2012 and their colour images are being added to the website, replacing the greytone images.

Lao fonts have been embedded in the DLLM website. However, in some operating systems and web browsers you may need to install a Unicode Lao font on your computer for Lao script to display correctly.


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The Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts
National Library of Laos,
Setthathirat Road,
PO Box 8818,

Tel/Fax: +856 (0)21 26 46 56

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Potsdamer Straße 33
10785 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 266 436001
Fax: +49 30 266 336001