Asia Library

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What we do

We collect and provide access to resources in all formats in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. Our physical book collection consists of more than one million volumes. 

We collaborate closely with numerous organizations, including the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the Nam Center for Korean Studies on programs, exhibits, and other activities. 

Our staff consists of subject liaison librarians, catalogers, and acquisitions specialists.

What we're working on

In 2015 we began a collection of materials relating to the history of Chinese dance that rapidly grew to become the largest of its kind outside China. 

Our Japanese collection is acquiring a significant number of materials designed to be used for developing Japanese language reading proficiency (tadoku)

In 2018, the Nam Center presented us with a collection of twenty framed photographs taken in Seoul by a Peace Corps volunteer in 1969. 

We are currently in the process of digitizing the set of some two hundred slides from which those photographs were selected and printed.

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