East Asia Library

Hyok Young Yee assists patrons with an oversized book in the Beckmann Reading Room of the East Asia Library

Hyok Young Yee, Korea Studies Librarian, assists patrons with an oversized book in the Beckmann Reading Room of the East Asia Library, located in Gowen Hall.

The East Asia Library began in 1937 with a Rockefeller grant to purchase a small collection of Chinese literary works. By 1940, the holdings had increased to 20,800 volumes including a gift of 2,000 volumes from Columbia University and additional purchases made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation.

As of June 2010, the library has over 618,040 volumes of publications on East Asia in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Manchurian, Mongolian, and Western languages.

Photo credit: East Asia Library