Services & Facilities at the East Asian Library

All borrowers with a current Washington University I.D. have borrowing privileges for circulating materials.

Loan periods are:
Faculty — 90 days
Graduate students — 60 days
Undergraduates — 4 weeks
W.U. staff — 4 weeks
Courtesy borrowers — 3 weeks
Bound periodicals circulate to WU faculty and graduate students for 5 days.

Books that have not been requested by another borrower may be renewed by bringing them to the East Asian Library, or may be renewed online. Telephone renewals are not accepted. Renewals may also be requested by e-mail . Borrowed materials may be recalled after two weeks. Fines for overdue books are 20 cents per day, per item; fines for recalled overdue books are 40 cents per day, per item. Overdue periodicals will be fined $1.00 per day.

“Library Use Only” Materials: Materials in the Reference, materials in the Special Collection Room and Room 210, and all current journals in the Reading Room can only be used inside the library. (Special Collection Room hours are: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Faculty may place books or other materials needed for coursework on reserve by using the Faculty Course Reserve Form. Reserve material in electronic format can be placed on Ares.

Obtain reserve materials by presenting a current Washington University I.D. at the Service Desk. Loan periods: two days; two hours; four hours; overnight (weekend after 5:00 p.m.; Mon. – Fri. after 9:00 p.m.).

Scanned articles and other electronic texts are available on Ares. Ares course sites are password-protected. Ask your instructor for the password.

Reference services are provided via e-mail, telephone, and in-person (please feel free to visit us). For assistance, direct your questions to:

  • 314-935-5525, (general)
  • Joan Wang (Chinese studies) at 314-935-4816,
  • Mitsutaka Nakamura (Japanese/Korean studies) at 314-935-5155,

EAsia General Stacks 1st Level (call numbers N,P); 2nd Level (B,D-M,Q-V); 3rd Level (A,C); Basement (Z)

EAsia Folio 1st Level

EAsia Reference Reading Room

EAsia Periodicals Reading Room (current issues); 3rd Level (bound issues)

EAsia Special Coll 2nd Level

EAsia Special Coll (Rm210) Room 210

EAsia CD-ROM Circulation Desk

EAsia Reserve Circulation Desk

EAsia Microform Circulation Desk

EAsia Pop Lit. 1st Level

Library Floor Maps

East Asian Library Reading Room has three public computers with installed CJK software, which provide access to the Library catalog, as well as access to Internet and other resources. Headphones for general use within the library are available at the circulation desk. The library has one multi-function printer, which is networked and provides printing, copying, and scanning services to members of the Washington University community (students, faculty, and staff).

Printing and copying services and costs information

Wireless network access is available in the East Asian Library. There is information about how to use the wireless network on the Wireless Network Access page.

Art & Architecture Library and Arts & Sciences Creative Lab (Eads 007) have workstations for viewing VHS or DVD materials–including materials in foreign formats such as PAL or SECAM.

The Group Study Room (Room 211) is located next to the reading room and nearby the emergency exit door. It is for groups of three or more people, and it has a large table, a whiteboard, 10 chairs, electrical outlets, and wireless internet access.

Group Study Room policies:

  • The primary purpose of the room is to provide a place for students to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups.
  • The Group Study Room is not available for regularly scheduled classes.
  • “Groups” may reserve the Group Study Room at the East Asian Library service desk or by contacting the library at Please make reservations at least one hour in advance.
  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be scheduled up to three hours at a time. When room is empty, it is available for walk-in use. However, reservations always take precedence over walk-ins. Walk-in groups are encouraged to sign-in at the East Asian Library service desk.
  • Individuals may not reserve the Group Study Room but may use unreserved room if not needed by a group.
  • The open hours of the Group Study Room are according to East Asian Library service hours.

Washington University Libraries offers Online Services (Suggestion Box, Request for “On-order” Book, Book Order Request, Reserve Request, etc.) for the convenience of the Washington University community.