The RAS-KB Library
The RAS-KB was founded in 1900 and from the start has published an annual journal, Transactions. In addition, it has accumulated a considerable reference library,
parts of which survived the Korean war thanks to the care lavished by
individual members. Some of the books even seem to have been taken to
the United States for a while. Among the nearly 1500 books currently
housed in our library are a few early editions of great rarity and of
considerable scholarly interest. Because of the lack of space in our
office, the library has been on deposit at the Social Science Archive
for several years past. This is not an ideal solution since the
institute in question is not really equipped for the conservation of
old and rare books. In addition, it no longer opens to the public on
Saturdays. Alternative solutions are currently being considered.
The Library has never been the object of much particular care, the
books have accumulated rather haphazardly mainly thanks to donations by
members. A sign of the relative lack of interest is the fact that
so far no online catalogue of the library's holdings is available
through the RAS-KB home page. This will soon be remedied.
The RAS-KB is always more than happy to receive donations of books for
its library. It is anticipated that in the coming time, once the
location of the library has been settled, a concentrated effort will be
made to improve its holdings and digitalize those rare books that are
too fragile to be consulted safely. The help of interested members will
then be actively sought.