A small treasure is now digitally available, a collection of 656 files of books (in pdf format), dating from the 17th century till the present time, on the Aceh civilization, located on the northern part of the island of Sumatra (Indonesia). The books are written in Indonesian, Acehnese, English, Dutch and other European languages and are published locally or by European publishing houses.
The tsunami that struck Aceh on December 2004 destroyed important libraries in Banda Aceh. The Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden initiated a project that aimed to digitize the major part of the literature on Aceh kept in the KITLV Library. The Dutch Ministry of Education agreed to finance it.