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Collections

Reference Desk and interior of the East Asian Library.

The East Asian Library has over 172,023 volumes of books and bound serials, including 106,940 volumes in Chinese; 60,052 volumes in Japanese; and 5,031 volumes in Korean. The East Asian Library also houses 410 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 primarily 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. Currently, about 24,000 volumes of back runs of periodicals and other lower-use materials are shelved in the West Campus Library.

The East Asian Library houses about 900 volumes of rare and special books, manuscripts, and other materials in its Special Collections rooms.

Washington University Libraries also have extensive holdings about East Asia in English and other Western languages; these holdings are mainly shelved in the Olin Library.

Two online catalogs are available, the Classic Catalog and Primo. More information about these search tools can be found through the following links: Classic Catalog and Primo. Records for Chinese/Japanese/Korean (CJK) materials display in both vernacular and transliterated forms.

The following three links are to romanization guides:

The East Asian Library uses the Library of Congress classification system except for some materials acquired before 1969, which use the Harvard-Yenching classification system.

Collection Locations

Call number/collectionLocation
A-DS 721Level 3
DS 721 – PL 699Level 2
PL 700 – PL 5321Level 1
PN – PZLevel 2
Q – ZBasement
Big monographic sets (A)Reading Room
Big monographic sets (B)Basement
Big monographic sets (DS)Reading Room, Basement
Big monographic sets (PL)Reading Room
Current newspapers and journalsReading Room
Japanese Popular LiteratureReading Room
Journals A-ZLevel 3
MicrofilmsLevel 1
Oversized books (A-M, PN, Q-V)Level 2
Oversized books (N, PL)Level 1
Oversized books (Z)Basement
Reference CollectionReading Room
Special CollectionsLevel 2 (Appointment Only)

Microform Collections at the East Asian Library

All are located in the East Asian Library and can be found by looking at the call numbers below.

Call NumberTitleYear
Mic
HC426
C35
Jing ji shi(Ren da fu yin bao kan zi liao)
经济史
1978-1989
Mic
DS753
M54
Ming Qing shi(Ren da fu yin bao kan zi)
明清史
1984-1989
Mic
PL2261
C43
Zhongguo gu dai jin dai wen xue yan jiu (Ren da fu yin bao kan zi liao)
中国古代近代文学研究
1978-1985 ; 1989
Mic
PL2250
C612
Zhongguo xian dai dang dai wen xue yan jiu (Ren da fu yin bao kan zi liao)
中国现代当代文学研究
1978-1989
Mic
DS773.83
C5
Zhongguo xian dai shi (Ren da fu yin bao kan zi liao)
中国现代史
1978-1987 ; 1989
Mic
Q4
K56
Ke xue
科学
1915-1937
Mic
AP95 .C4
X8
Xue heng
学衡
1922-1933
Mic
PL700
B882
Bunsho sekai
文章世界
no. 1-719
(1906-1920)
Mic
PL700
B882
Shin bungaku
新文學
no. 720-761
(1921)
LocationTitleYear
EA,MicMin li bao 民立報1910/10-1913/9 (上海)
EA,MicJie fang ri bao (Yan’an)
解放日報
1941/5-1947/2
EA,MicZhong yang ri bao = Central Daily
中央日報
1932/11-1937/11 (南京)
1938/9-1942/12 ( 重慶)
1928/2-1928/9 (上海)
1945/8-1949/4 (上海)
1950/10-1983/12 (台北)
EA,MicRen min ri bao = People’s Daily
人民日報
(Library also has 1990/7- in bound volumes “人民日報縮印合訂本” (AP95 C4 J43)
1950/1-1990/12
EA,MicDa gong bao 大公報1929/11-1937/7 ( 天津)
1945/12-1956/12 ( 天津)
1938/8-1941/12 (香港)
1948/5-1964/12 (香港)
1937/8-1937/12 (上海)
1945/11-1947/4; 1947/9-1952/12 (上海)
1941/8-1946/12 ( 重慶)
1957/1-1966/8 (北京)
EA,Spec210Kindai Nihon guntai kankei zasshi shusei
近代日本軍隊關係雜誌集成
1876-1945 (309 reels):Naigai heiji shinbun 内外兵事新聞 (1876-1884)Getsuyōkai kiji 月曜会記事 (1888-1889)Hoshu shinron 保守新論 (1889-1890)Kaikōsha kiji 偕行社記事 (1888-1945; includes 臨時, 臨時増刊, 附錄, 特報, 特号)Kaigun zasshi 海軍雑誌 (1883-1888)Suikō zasshi 水交雑誌 (1887-1890)Suikōsha kiji 水交社記事 (1891-1944)
EA,MicOther journals and books
EA,NCL MicChinese rare books collection (National Central Library, Taiwan)

East Asian Floor Maps

Floor map for the Reading Room area of the East Asian Library. The Reading Room holds the reference collections, study areas, public computers, and the circulation desk, among other items.

Reading Room, Group Study Room, & Offices

  • Reference collection
  • Japanese pop literature
  • Current newspapers and journals
  • Big monographic sets (Call number A, DS, P-PL)
  • Computers Printer/Copier and Scanners
  • Offices
  • Group Study Room
  • Study area
Floor map for Level 1 of the East Asian Library. The Level 1 holds micro film, bookshelves for PL, and oversize shelves for N, PL, and folio.
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Level 1

  • Books, call numbers PL 700 – PL 5321
  • Oversized books, call numbers N, PL
  • Microfilms
Floor map for Level 2 of the East Asian Library. The Level 2 holds bookshelves DS-N, P-PL, PN-PZ, and oversized ranges A-M, PN, and Q-V.
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Level 2

  • Books, call numbers DS 721 – PL 700, PN-PZ
  • Oversized books, call numbers A-M, PN, Q-V
  • Special collections (ask staff for access)
Floor map for Level 3 of the East Asian Library. The Level 3 holds books A-DS along with Journals A-Z.
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Level 3

  • Books, call numbers A – DS 721
  • Journals, call numbers A-Z
Floor map for the basement level of the East Asian Library. The basement holds bookshelves Q-Z.
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Basement

  • Books, call number Z
  • Big monographic sets (B, DS)
  • Iwanami Bunko 岩波文庫 collection (ask staff for assistance)