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EAL Collections & Resources

Overview

The EAL consists of four collections—Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English languages. The East Asian Library has approximately 303,000 volumes of Chinese, 135,000 volumes of Japanese, 16,900 volumes of Korean and some English language materials, plus over 900 titles of periodicals (over 50,000 volumes bound) published in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and the United States.

In addition, it holds about 12,700 reels of microfilms, over 2,100 CD-ROMs, about 1,300 Video/audio tapes, 1,700 DVDs, and 20 major area studies online databases in East Asian languages.

The Collection is particularly strong in classics, history, religion, art, language, folk culture, and literature. The collection is also strong in contemporary China and Japan, in such areas as Chinese economy, Chinese Communist Party, Japanese company histories, and Korean reference and primary sources.

With over 303,200 volumes / items of Chinese books, serials, microforms, multi-media resources, and 10 online databases, the Chinese collection ranks the 13th (as of June 2012) in North American academic libraries. The Chinese collection has notable strengths in traditional Chinese literature, philosophy, and history. Other areas of strength are Chinese classics and religion, Ming and Qing gazetteers, local histories, and imperial court archives. With an increasing emphasis on modern China, the collection contains relatively comprehensive publications of Chinese yearbooks, statistics, and Cultural Revolution publications.

Chinese Collection

With over 303,200 volumes / items of Chinese books, serials, microforms, multi-media resources, and 10 online databases, the Chinese collection ranks the 13th (as of June 2012) in North American academic libraries. The Chinese collection has notable strengths in traditional Chinese literature, philosophy, and history. Other areas of strength are Chinese classics and religion, Ming and Qing gazetteers, local histories, and imperial court archives. With an increasing emphasis on modern China, the collection contains relatively comprehensive publications of Chinese yearbooks, statistics, and Cultural Revolution publications.

In addition, the East Asian Gateway Service complements our Chinese journal collection by providing researchers with Chinese academic journal articles that are not available in any U.S. institutions.

Japanese Collection

The Japanese collection ranks the 15th (as of June 2012) in North American academic libraries with over 135,500 volumes / items of Japanese books, serials, microforms, multi-media resources, and 5 online databases. The Japanese collection is strong in Japanese economic history, linguistics and pedagogy, medical history, modern literature, history and culture of Japanese movies, pre-modern history of art, and religion of pre-modern period. New subjects are also under development, such as classics, religion of contemporary period, and mass media and identity of contemporary period.

Mitsui Collection

One of the valuable part of the Japanese Collection is the Mitsui Collection donated by the Institute for Financial and Economic Research (金融経済研究所) of the former Mitsui Bank. The Collection contains over 64,000 volumes of books and journals – about 33,500 of Japanese imprints, 10,700 of Western languages imprints, and 20,000 Japanese and Western languages journals. It is one of the best collections on Japanese finance, the former Japanese colonies (Taiwan, Manchuria, Korea) and international finance. It also contains materials on labor problem, social movement, company and local histories, pre- and post-war biographies, and an assortment of statistical annuals and other kinds of yearbooks.

Korean Collection

The Korean collection is comparatively new, with vigorous growth in recent years, especially with supplemental acquisition budget support from the Asian Studies Center. The collection ranks 18th (as of June 2012) among Korean collections in North American libraries, with a holding of more than 16,900 volumes / item of Korean books, serials, microforms, multi-media resources, and 9 online databases. The collection is strong in core reference materials of Korean studies, Korean economics and politics, history, literature, language, and philosophy.

In support of faculty's study on North Korean politics and economics, a special effort has been made to acquire North Korean publications through various channels, including the gift and exchange program with Yanbian University in Yanji City, China, and the special acquisition funding from the Asian Studies Center. So far 82 titles and 2,014 issues of North Korean periodicals have been added to the collection. In addition, over 400 volumes of North Korean historical materials and school textbooks have been acquired, along with 88 VHS of feature films and over 130 DVDs of North Korean musics, dancing, feature films, and documentaries depicting various aspects of North Korean contemporary life and society.

In addition, the Korean document delivery service provides PITT-affiliated users with Korean academic publications not held by or available from libraries in the United States. Please visit the East Asian Gateway Service for more details.