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East Asian Collection

Supporting teaching & research in East Asian Studies

COVID-19The Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room is open by appointment to current University of Sydney staff and students only, Wednesday to Friday, 10am-2pm. Item bookings must be made via Library Search at least 2 working days in advance.

Digital copies of materials are available upon request.

For more details see Library COVID-19 updates or contact us.

Make a booking to view items

Bookings can be made via Library Search to view East Asian Collection items in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.

Bookings need to be made at least two business days in advance.
Booking requests made less than two business days in advance of the required date will not be accepted. You will be notified by email to resubmit your booking request.

Please read the Reading Room Terms of Use before making your first booking.

Request digital copies of materials

For digital copies of East Asian Collection materials located at Rare Books & Special Collections, please email

Submit a research or reference enquiry

For research and reference enquiries relating to East Asian Collection materials, please contact Rare Books & Special Collections.

About East Asian Collection
  • East Asian Collection supports the University’s Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies, as well as others researching materials in vernacular Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages.

    The University Library’s East Asian Collection comprises of material published in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages, and is the third largest East Asian collection in Australia - after the East Asian Collections of the National Library of Australia and the Australian National University.

    The Collection has grown to over 123,350 volumes, and supports Australian research and teaching in East Asian Studies.

    Areas of particular strength include:

    • Literature
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Religion
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
    • Art
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Ancient Architecture

    The Library has recently purchased more than 1,700 electronic books on traditional Chinese medicine and health sciences in Chinese language.

    Works on science consist mainly of dictionaries of science and technology and works of current topical interest. The East Asian Collection does not contain modern scientific and technical works.

    More about our collections
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