East Asian Library: A Campus and Community Resource

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 70 YEARS MAKES! The Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library was established in 1948 with 3,000 books and now ranks among the top 10 East Asian libraries in North America with holdings of close to one million volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. In addition to serving the UCLA campus, the library has become a research destination for scholars worldwide and a vital resource for the local community. The library supports six campus research centers, 113 faculty members, more than 150 graduate students, and thousands of undergraduates.  

The library’s 2018 anniversary was commemorated with a series of scholarly and public events, culminating in a celebratory program and dinner on December 4 at the Charles E. Young Research Library. The program focused on the library’s past, present, and future. Guests enjoyed guided tours of Special Collections and the exhibit “Bridging the Pacific for Seventy Years.” The event concluded with an invitation-only dinner for donors and supporters.

“Without strong endorsement and support from the community, the library would not be as strong as it is today,” said Su Chen, its head librarian. The library is grateful for the anniversary gifts of May Chen and Dr. Lo, May C. Chong, Annie Huang, Huan Huang, Susana and Evans Lam, Norma and Howard Lee, Bing Liu, Patsy and Robert Sung, Amy and Donald Tsiang, Chao “Philip” Wang, Eros Xing, and Nancy Xu. The library is also appreciative of Cuixia “Venus” Xing for promoting its special collections and talks to the Chinese community.

Looking to the future, Sharon E. Farb, associate university librarian for special collections and international collaborations, commented, “The East Asian Library is committed to serving UCLA’s faculty, students, and our larger community by evolving our spaces and expanding our holdings of unique, rare, and distinctive materials, including special and archival collections.”