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East Asian Collection

Supporting teaching & research in East Asian Studies

COVID-19 Rare Books and Special Collections is closed from 26 June through 30 July 2021.

The Rare Books & Special Collections reading room is available by appointment (after August 2).

The Rare Books & Special Collections reading room has reopened to University staff and students from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Bookings need to be made via Library Search at least two business days in advance.

For all research and reference enquiries relating to East Asian Collection, please contact library.eastasian@sydney.edu.au.

Requests for digital copies of materials

For scan enquiries or requests, please contact library.rarebookscan@sydney.edu.au.

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

Please note that pre-booking is now required for all East Asian Collection materials located at 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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