University Libraries


About the Collection

Established in 1965, the East Asian Library is among the twenty largest East Asian collections in America. The library currently holds over 160,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials, serving the instructional and research needs of the East Asian studies program of the university and users from the Twin Cities area and the region. Subject strengths of the collection include Chinese and Japanese history, language and literature, art history, and law history. Ming history is definitely the gem of our collection, and, with two completed digital projects, the Ming Dynasty is vividly presented to you at a click.

Location of the Collection

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials are housed in the East Asian Library, located in the sub-basement of the Wilson Library. Materials about East Asia in English and other languages are housed in Wilson Library’s general and reference collections. Microfilm reels are housed in the microfilm department in the Wilson Library basement.

Classification of the Collection

The materials in the East Asian Library are organized by the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system. This system is adopted by most academic libraries in North America and is currently one of the most widely used library classification systems in the world. Click to view more about LCC system.
Within University of Minnesota Libraries system, materials are further organized by their sizes, namely Octavo, Quarto, Folio, and Flat. Within each section of these sizes, materials are arranged from A to Z on the shelves. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials can be found in all four sizes. Make sure to check all relevant sections for materials needed.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a free service for University students, staff and faculty to retrieve books and journal articles that we do not own in our collections.

The university libraries’ Interlibrary loan service

Special Interlibrary loan service to retrieve Chinese and Japanese materials:

Chinese academic articles via University of Pittsburgh

Interlibrary loan from Japan (GIF Project)