AIT Library will be the leading organization in building and maintaining information and knowledge resources in the fields of interest to the Asian Institute of Technology with a view to the developing needs of the region and in providing proactive information services with modern information technology applications as well as act as a catalyst in the development of a regional information infrastructure and network.


Bringing the right information to the right person at the right time, the required format at the right cost to support and enhance learning, teaching, research, out-reach activities and scholarship in the Asian Institute of Technology community as well as reach out to the academic community in the region.


AIT Library was found in 1959 since it was SEATO Graduate School in Chulalongkorn University.  In 1977, the Regional Documentation Center (RDC) was established in the AIT Library.  The purpose of this information center was to coordinate and optimize all information activities at the institute.  After that, the Library was called the Library and Regional Documentation Centers (LRDC) and was changed to Center for Library and Information Resources (CLAIR) in 1997.

In 1979 the Japanese Government generously funded US$4.6 million for the construction of the new Library Building and was officially opened on 21st August 1981.  In 2001 the name was changed again to AIT Library as the information Centers moved out of the academic office.


In October 2011, AIT Library was badly affected by the flood and lost many library materials, i.e. books, journals which were kept on the ground floor.  Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, the 7th President of AIT would like to rebuild AIT Library to be a modern library since the way faculty, researchers and students access and use information is totally different from that of 40 years ago when AIT Library was designed.  According to him, libraries are no longer just places to check out a book or to do homework. They are meeting places, media centers, digital repositories and wonders of modern architecture and design.  In the renovation plan, all books, print materials, theses and special collections were shelved on the upper floor.  The ground floor of the Library would be  modernized with massive reading space, a large number of group study room, computer & multimedia stations, meeting rooms and video conference room.   The renovation of the damaged Library  was started from 18th August 2014 and completed in 2016. The "soft opening" was on 20th January 2017.

Listed below were Directors and Head of the Library.

Dr. Wha-Wei Lee

Director, from 1968-1975

Dr. Jacques Valls

Director, from 1976-1985

Mr. H. Arthur Vespry

Director, from 1985-1993

Dr. Robert D. Stueart

Director, from 1994-1997

Dr. Francis J. Devadason

Director, from 1st August 1998-2003

Mrs. Boontharee Poonchai

Head, from July 2003 - December 2005

Ms. Pranee Kiriyanant

Interim Director, from 1st July 2016 -

Miss Pranee Kiriyanant who held the position of Library Coordinator from July 2008 has been appointed Interim Director of AIT Library on the 1st July 2016. She is in charge of the management of the Library.

AIT Library’s holdings cover the subject areas relevant to the academic programs and activities of AIT’s three schools, programs and centers.  Currently (as of November 2017) total books, technical reports, theses, dissertations, proceedings amount to 138,169 items. The Library also subscribes to 13 online databases/resources from which the e-journal amount to 10,000 titles, and to two e-book packages of which the access totals 62,684 titles.

The Library services include lending, reference, online information retrieval, referral, interlibrary loan, bibliography compilation and document delivery service.

For more details, please visit the Library’s home page at

Library hours

Regular: Monday - Sunday 08.00 a.m. - 10.30 p.m.
Examination weeks: Monday - Sunday 08.00 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.
Close: Public holidays
External user: Monday - Sunday 08.00 a.m. - 05.00 p.m.



1 January 2018 New Year's Day
1 March 2018 Makha Bucha Day
6 April 2018 Chakri Memorial Day
13-16 April 2018 Songkran Festival
1 May 2018 National Labour Day
29 May 2018 Visakha Bucha Day
27 July 2018 Asalaha Bucha Day
28 July 2018 H.M. the King's Birthday
30 July 2018 Compensatory Holiday (H.M. the King's Birthday)
12-13 August 2018 H.M. The King's Mother Birthday
13 October 2018 H.M. Late King Bhumibol Memorial Day
15 October 2018 Compensatory Holiday (H.M. Late King Bhumibol Memorial Day)
23 October 2018 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
5 December 2018 Birthday Anniversary of H.M. Late King Bhumibol
25-31 December 2018 Year-End Break


Li brary Rules

- Please bring your ID card every time you come to library.
- Do not allow other people to use your ID card to access the Library or to use the library services.
- Books, periodicals or other materials shall not be removed from the Library's premises without being registered at the Circulation counter.
- Books and bound volumes should be handled with great care. Please avoid keeping the volumes open face down on the table, or inserting note books or pencils in between the pages and closing them. Pages must not be folded to serve as book marks.
- Defects found in the books and other materials taken out for use or for borrowing should be brought immediately to the notice of the staff on duty. Books borrowed should be protected from any damage.
- Readers should not interfere with the comfort of other readers, make noise, cause damage to the library property or disfigure or mutilate or mark with ink or pencil a book, periodical, CDROM, or any other library material in any way. Group study rooms are available for discussion.
- Users should avoid resting their feet on tables, chairs, shelves, window sills etc.
- Library furniture or equipment must not be misused or their arrangement is altered.
- A reading place may not be reserved during the reader's absence from the library premises.
 - Smoking in the library premises is not permitted.
- Readers are requested to switch off electric lights when not required.
- Big backpack, cases, ink in bottles, food or drink should not be brought into the Library.
- Please show the documents which are being taken out of the library, to the staff at the check point.
- Persons present in the Library at any time must identify themselves to the library staff when requested to do so.
- No broadsheets, handbills, newspapers, advertisements, or other material (other than approved, official notices of the library or of AIT) be distributed or displayed within the Library.
- Mobile telephones and other electronic or automatic alarm devices should be switched off  or changed  to vibration mode  while being taken into the Library
- Please do not replace the documents on shelves; the library staff will do the replacement.
- Contact the Reference and or Circulation Section Staff for any emergency.
- Not to leave valuables things when you will be away from the desk. The library will be declined any responsibility.

External User

 - Please record your visit by signing the register kept at the check point.nt.
- There are restrictions with respect to usage of the Library and Services, especially database access, electronic access to full text etc. Please contact Reference Section for details.
- External users are not allowed after 5.00 p.m..


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