East Asian Library: About the Library and Collections
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The East Asian Library serves the Washington University community as part of the
Washington University Libraries. It supports the teaching and research needs of
the WU East Asian Studies Program provided by the Department of East Asian
Languages & Cultures, and other academic schools and departments. It also
supports the Joint Center for East Asian Studies of Washington University and the
University of Missouri-St. Louis' academic programs. The Library has three levels
of book stacks, a basement, and a reading room with over 100 seats. The reading
room is one of the best places to study on campus.
The Washington University Libraries began the regular purchases of major Chinese
and Japanese materials in 1963, after a five-year period of sporadic acquisition
of miscellaneous materials on modern Chinese history. The East Asian Collection
was moved from the Olin Library to the second floor of January Hall, and the East
Asian Library was established in 1972.
The East Asian Library has over 160,800 volumes of books and bound serials, including
101,900 volumes in Chinese, 55,600 volumes in Japanese, and 3,300 volumes in Korean,
plus 315 CD-ROMs, 3,350 microfiches, and 1,760 reels of microfilm materials, complemented
by a broad range of electronic resources. Monograph and serials holdings are consistent
with emphases within graduate East Asian studies programs of instruction as well as
faculty research interests. The collection is mainly divided into two major geographical
areas - China and Japan - and into roughly two time periods -- classical and contemporary.
Special strengths are in the fields of languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion,
and art history. About 24,000 volumes of back runs of periodicals and other lesser-used
materials are shelved in the
West Campus Library
Washington University Libraries also has extensive holdings about East Asia in
English and other Western languages, which are mainly shelved in the Olin Library.
At the west end of the stacks on the second level of the Library is a special
collection room where about 770 volumes of rare and special materials in
Chinese and Japanese are maintained.
Library's special holdings also include the
Robert S. Elegant Collection, primarily the assorted files of clippings
of newspapers, magazines, and news releases covering the period
of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1970); Nelson
I. Wu's collection on East Asian art and
architecture, and Chinese history, literature, and culture; and Thomas
Temple Hoopes' collection on Japanese sword and Japanese art history.
The Adeline S. Boyd Collection of Asian Art consists of
English language books on Asian art, which were donated by Mrs.
Boyd to the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures and temporarily shelved in the East Asian
Library Reading Room (next to the Circulation counter). This
collection is for use in the reading room only.
Washington University Libraries subscribes to a number of electronic databases
and electronic journals in East Asian studies including: Bibliography of Asian
Studies, JSTOR, Project MUSE, China Academic Journals Full-text Database,
Century Journals Project Full-text Database, Siku Quanshu, Japan Knowledge,
Zasshikiji Sakuin Shusei, KISS, DBPia, and E-Korean Studies.
The East Asian Library is located in January
Hall (see campus map),
on the second floor, just
southwest of the Quadrangle, north of the McDonnell Science
Building. It can be reached by stairs beginning on the ground
level by the University College offices. (about January Hall)
Wheelchair access is provided by elevator from the
ground and all succeeding levels to the 3rd floor of Ridgley
Hall, then over the bridge to the reading room of the Library,
which is adjacent to the stacks.
Library Online Catalog
The Library uses the
Library of Congress classification
system, except for some materials acquired prior to 1969, which
use the Harvard-Yenching classification system.