Scope of Collection

The East Asia Library collections are primarily composed of materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan covering all areas of the humanities and social sciences.

While the library does not collect in the natural or applied sciences, it acquires titles in those areas which relate to the historical and cultural traditions of East Asia.

The Gallagher Law Library collects materials on East Asian law; the East Asia Library acquires titles in the areas of constitutional law, legal philosophy, and legal history.

Language of Materials

Materials in English and Western European languages related to East Asia in the subject areas other than languages and literature are acquired by other subject librarians and are housed in other libraries on campus. The primary collections of the East Asia Library are in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean vernacular languages. It also acquires English or Western language reference materials and some core scholarly monographs about East Asia. It should be noted that some branch libraries such as Art and Engineering libraries also have East Asian vernacular titles in their collections.

Size of Collection

As of June 2013, the East Asia Library holds approximately 660,086 items (including books, serials, microfilm and microfiche, some electronic resources, and audio visual materials). The holdings of monograph and bound journal collections in different languages are as follows:

  • Chinese: 294,150
  • Japanese: 157,329
  • Korean: 110,972
  • Western: 29,343
  • Tibetan: 9,124
  • Serials: 1,919