The Documentation Centre of the ASEAN Secretariat was set up when the ASEAN Secretariat was established in June 1976 and began operating in April 1977. The ASEAN Secretariat Resource Centre (ARC) was then established on 1 November 2006 by the then Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong.

At present, ARC comprises two main sections: the Library and Archives.

The Library houses and maintains books (ASEAN Secretariat publications and others), journals, periodicals, newspapers, and audio-visual materials relevant to ASEAN. With a focus on ASEAN, the collection covers a wide range of issues, from social development, economics, science and technology, trade, politics, foreign relations, population and culture.

The Archives meanwhile acts as the custodian of ASEAN Treaties, Agreements, Instruments, Memorandums of Understanding, etc. as well as houses classified ASEAN meeting reports. Due to the nature of these documents, the ASEAN Meeting Reports and the original documents of ASEAN Treaties, Agreements, Instruments, MoU, are restricted and accessible only by the staff of the ASEAN Secretariat. At ARC, public users may only access the copy documents of the ASEAN Treaties, Agreements, Instruments, MoU.

Public users may also access information on ASEAN Legal Instruments through this link: ASEAN Legal Instruments, for further information regarding the Instruments you may contact our Legal Services colleagues.

  • The Library is open for Public. Please note that the public may only read the materials in the collection and borrowing services is not available.
  • Internet access/Wi-Fi is available.
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.30.
  • We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

For further information, please call: (62-21) 7262991 ext.  192 or 260. Or email us at: