Mission of the Jakarta Office
The Library of Congress Office, Jakarta, Indonesia, is the regional office for Southeast Asia. The Jakarta office is responsible for collecting material specifically in Indonesia and Singapore, and overseeing the suboffices in Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines. These suboffices were established to help meet the information needs of the U.S. Congress and the American people. Staff actively seek out and acquire material that would otherwise be unavailable to researchers. Staff coordinate with vendors to buy new books as they are published, and maintain contacts and exchange agreements with various international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations to acquire noncommercial material. Acquisitions trips are also taken to collect material from outlying provinces, and staff regularly search local bookstores and the World Wide Web for material that might have been missed. The Jakarta office acquires more than 3700 serials and 5300 monographs annually.
Once the material is acquired, original cataloging is done by staff. The office also rebinds and microfiches material as necessary for preservation.
The office is located in the heart of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, on the island of Java. The office compound forms a courtyard with a small, two-story house, one addition holding the Microfiche Department and a second addition for serials and shipping.
Last Updated: August 30, 2011