The Indonesian Heritage Society Library

The Indonesian Heritage Society’s Library collection includes more than 6,000 books, pamphlets, magazines and slides on Indonesia and Southeast Asia generally. These are available on loan as a support for our study group activities or personal research. We have an online database for you to search and view our books that will entice you to come and visit our library. For our international community, there are approximately 1,000 documents in English, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, German, Dutch, Korean and a special section in Japanese. The library is very much a HUB hub for our Society members. Meetings are regularly held there by:
  • Explorers and Study Groups – research and plan their travels.
  • Study Group participants and Museum Tour Guides – select slides and work on their presentations.
  • Other Friends – browse or check out the latest additions to our shelves, or to work on Publications

Office Hours:

Day From To
Thursday (3rd week of the month)

*Kindly contact us at 021 572 5870 prior to coming.

Our Library Policy

Joining the Indonesian Heritage Society gives access to loan documents. Registration can be done at the library.

How long can I borrow materials for? How many items can I have out at one time?

Material typeItemsLoan Period
Books33 weeks
Pamphlets33 weeks
Audio-visual equipmentNeed reservation
For use of IHS activities only

Can I borrow books that are marked as "reference"?

Books that are marked as "reference" cannot be borrowed. They are for use in the library only. There are usually circulating some copies of the book that you can borrow.

Can I renew items that I have borrowed?

Items that have not been requested by another borrowed and have not exceeded the maximum number of renewals become eligible for renewal. An item can be renewed for 1 week. You may renew up to 2 times.

Renewals or reservation may be requested in person, by telephone, or by email.

What are the fines for overdue materials?

Material TypeFines
BooksRp. 5,000 per day
PamphletsRp. 5,000 per day

Charges only accrue on days the library is open. the maximum fine for each returned book is Rp. 150,000.

When do I get charged fines?
Overdue fines are charged for any material that is not returned on or before the due date. Fines were established as an incentive for the prompt return of materials so that they will be available to others. Fines begin accruing the day after the item is due.

How can I avoid fines?

  • Renew your items - To avoid fines, renew items where possible if you require them longer than the due date of the item.
  • Return your materials on time

What happens if I lose something I borrowed?
A borrowed who loses a book or pamphlet will be responsible for the cost of replacement.

Want to help?

We encourage registered Friends to keep the library open and functioning by volunteering for library duties. No previous experience is needed and a short training session is provided. We initially try to pair new volunteers with our more experienced ones. Contact or for more information.