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Richard C. Rudolph East Asian LibraryCharles E. Young Library, home of the East Asian Library

Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library

The East Asian collection is strong in Chinese archaeology, Buddhism, premodern history and classical literature, and fine arts.

The home page of the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library is linked to the home pages of the UCLA Library, the various East Asian studies centers of UCLA, major East Asian collections in North America, and a wide range of East Asian studies resources in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North America, and Europe.

The Collection

As of July 1, 2005, the total holdings of the East Asian Library consisted of nearly half a million volumes, including 268,449 in Chinese. The library currently receives over 2,500 serial titles, including 1,610 in Chinese.

Amy Ching-Fen Tsiang,
Head Librarian

The East Asian collection is strong in Chinese archaeology, Buddhism, premodern history and classical literature, and fine arts. Special efforts have been made in recent years to strengthen local historical materials and Chinese statistical yearbooks. The East Asian Library holds the most comprehensive collection of primary sources related to the imperial civil service examinations, 1400-1900, outside of China. In the Han Yu-shan Special Collection are some 1,500 Ming and Qing dynasty examination papers and many printed works on the academies dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Location of Materials

The East Asian Library is located on the second floor of the Charles E. Young Library (Room 21617).

Because of space constraints, not all materials that belong to the East Asian Library are housed in the Library. Over one-third of the collection is stored in the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). This consists mostly of bound journals, yearbooks, rare books, and other infrequently used materials. To use these materials, patrons can go to the SRLF or can page materials. All cataloged materials in the East Asian Library are on-line and can be searched through the ORION2, MELVYL, and OCLC databases.

For further information, contact the library at:
telephone: (310)825-4836
fax: (310) 206-4960
e-mail: eal-circ@library.ucla.edu

Center for Chinese Studies