East Asian Library Collections
About the UCLA Library's collections holdings in East Asian Studies, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies.
The Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library (EAL) is North America's tenth-largest East Asian Library and the largest one in Southern California. As of June 30, 2013, the total of materials held is 764,737 volumes/items, which includes monographs, journals, microforms, audio-visual materials and electronic books. Of that total, 367,496 volumes/items are in Chinese, 278,958 are in Japanese and 62,756 are in Korean.
The East Asian Library holdings are traditionally strong in archeology, religion (especially Buddhism), folklore, pre-modern history and classical literature of China and Japan and Chinese and Japanese fine arts. Special efforts have been made in recent years to strengthen Chinese and Japanese local historical materials, Chinese and Korean films, and Chinese statistical yearbooks, genealogies and theater/dramas. The Library's Korean collection, developed since 1985, has strengths in history, literature and religion.
The East Asian Library has a strong Chinese collection in many subject areas, with more than half of its volumes and serials relating to Chinese studies.
The library's Chinese collection has strengths in the areas of archaeology, religion (especially Buddhism), folklore, pre-modern history, classical literature, and fine arts. Currently, special efforts are being made to strengthen local historical materials and statistical yearbooks. Due to space constraints, not all materials in this collection are housed in the library; more than one-third of the collection is stored in the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).
See the Chinese Studies Research Guide(opens in a new tab) for a curated list of resources in Chinese Studies, including books, primary sources and databases.
The East Asian Library’s Japanese collection is strong in Buddhism, fine arts, literature, history and folklore, with recent growing strength added in modern intellectual history and cultural studies. The collection also includes ca. 800 titles of pre-modern publications and manuscripts. Recent additions include a collection of books originally belonged to the late Prof. Marius B. Jansen (1922-2000), ca. 2,000 volumes on Japanese history, and another belonged to the late Mr. Jiro Tokuyama (1919-2001), over 2,600 volumes in business management, comparative cultures, and international relations.
See the Japanese Studies Research Guide(opens in a new tab) for a curated list of resources in Japanese Studies, including books, primary sources and databases.
The Library's Korean collection, which has been acquired actively since 1985, has strengths in history, literature, Christianity, Buddhism and folklore. The Korean collection supports the instructional needs of the Korean studies program in addition to multidisciplinary research. The Korean collection subscribes to all of the major Korean full-text databases, newspaper archives and reference databases. Because of space constraints, not all Korean materials that belong to the East Asian Library are housed in the Library. Over one-third of the collection is being kept in the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). The UCLA Korean collection is a member of Korean Collections Consortium of North America(opens in a new tab), supported by the Korea Foundation.
See the Korean Studies Research Guide(opens in a new tab) for a curated list of resources in Korean Studies, including books, primary sources and databases.
Curated lists of resources and collections in East Asian Studies, including books, electronic databases, handbooks, films, maps, primary sources and more.