We collect materials on Chinese studies for researching pre-modern, modern, and contemporary China. The collection consists of materials from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese-language publications from other regions. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in North America.
The collection’s materials are mainly in traditional and simplified Chinese, but also include materials in languages such as Manchu, Tibetan, and Mongolian.
We collect materials in a large number of subject areas to support scholars and students at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, as well as researchers across the university whose studies pertain to China. The collection materials also include pre-1912 Chinese publications, a notable collection of microfilm on rare books and 20th-century periodicals and documents, and the Chinese dance collection.
Important related collections
Western language materials and visual materials for Chinese studies are mainly located at Hatcher Library. The Fine Arts Library also houses a non-circulating collection of Chinese-language materials.