Digital Resources for Chinese Studies

10. Library Catalogs, East Asian Collections, and Interlibrary Loan

For information on libraries and collections at Harvard which hold East Asia-related material, please see the Harvard Library Collections section.

Library Catalogs at Harvard

HOLLIS Classic Full View/Short View

The online catalog for Harvard's libraries. For information about using HOLLIS to find materials in East Asian languages, please see HOLLIS Catalog CJK 中日韓 Scripts.

Note: Not all Chinese-language materials in HOLLIS have characters. Some materials can only be found by romanization. Please see the section on romanization for more information and conversion tables.

OASIS (Online Archival Search Information System) Full View/Short View

Provides centralized access to a growing percentage of finding aids for archival and manuscript collections at Harvard. These finding aids are detailed descriptions of collections that contain a wide variety of materials, including letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, printed material, and objects.

Note: OASIS does not currently have CJK capability. All searches for East Asian terms must be entered in romanization.

VIA (Visual Information Access) Full View/Short View

Union catalog of visual resources at Harvard, focusing on artistic and cultural materials.

Note: OASIS does not currently have CJK capability. All searches for East Asian terms must be entered in romanization.

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Union Catalogs

Worldcat (First Search) (Harvard ID/PIN required) Full View/Short View

Union catalog for a large number of libraries, including many non-US libraries. Most participants are, however, American. To view the interface in an East Asian script, please click on the relevant language icon at the bottom of the screen (e.g. 中文(繁體)or 中文(简体). Provides a convenient list of holding libraries organized by location which may be printed out.

EVOCS - European Virtual OPAC for Chinese Studies Full View/Short View

Allows simultaneous searching of major Chinese collections in Europe.

UK Union Catalog of Chinese Books Full View/Short View

Incorporates Chinese records in original script from the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the  Brotherton Library (Leeds), and the university libraries of Cambridge, Durham, SOAS (London) and Edinburgh. For more information about the catalog, see their project page.

Union Catalog of Chinese Ancient Books 學苑汲古—高校古文獻資源庫 Full View/Short View

Union Catalog of Chinese Ancient Books, a project of China Academic Library and Information system (CALIS), was created by dozens of academic libraries in China. It includes Chinese rare books and books published before 1911. All fields can be searched by either traditional or simplified Chinese. Title, author and subject fields can also be searched by pinyin..

Union Catalog of Premodern Chinese Books in Japan
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Searching possible using Chinese or Japanese entry. Advanced search function also allows limiting by holding collection.

Webcat Plus 国立情報学研究所図書情報ナビゲーター Full View/Short View

Union catalog of university libraries in Japan. Good content description.

Libraries and Catalogs in Asia

The following is a selected list of research libraries in East Asia with significant Chinese holdings. It is not comprehensive.

People's Republic of China
Beijing (Peking) University Library 北京大学图书馆 Full View/Short View

A number of catalogs are available from their site:

Fudan University Library 复旦大学图书馆

Nanjing University Library 南京大学图书馆

National Library of China 中国国家图书馆 Full View/Short View

Home page of the National Library of the People's Republic of China

Shanghai Library 上海图书馆 Full View/Short View

China Book International

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong Library 香港中文大学 Full View/Short View

CUHK catalogprovides a function for searching across all Hong Kong university libraries. The University Library System Digital Initiative Page provides information about and access to a variety of specialized collections and databases, such as HK Literature Database 香港文學資料庫, Modern Chinese Drama 中國現代戲劇資料庫, ,Chinese Rare Book Collection 中文善本藏書, Oracle Bones Collection 甲骨特藏, Manuscript Collection 手稿 , Guodian Chu Jian 郭店楚簡資料庫, Zoumalou San Guo Wu Jian 走馬樓三國吳簡資料庫, and the periodical index HKInChip 香港中文期刊論文索引.


Academia Sinica 中央研究院 Full View/Short View

This site a gateway to research and collections on humanities, social sciences, and science. Their online catalog allows searching across the institute's collections, as well as providing links to information about specific libraries.

Fu Ssu-nien Library Full View/Short View

The library for the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica. The library has a dedicated catalog ( 傅斯年圖書館珍藏善本圖籍書目資料庫) for its rare books, old-style bindings, bronze and stone rubbings, and popular literature. Their catalog for the Digital Archives System of Fu Ssu-nien Library 傅斯年圖書館數位典臧系統 is a gateway to a large number of digital collections. Depending on the collection, browsing, searching, or full images may be available. These include rare books and materials, archives from the library, seals, name authority file and associated mapping function, ancient contracts and Huizhou contracts. A listing of the Institute's own databases is also available.

National Central Library Unified Catalog 國家圖書館資料庫整合查詢 Full View/Short View

Allows integrated searching of a number of catalogs, webpages, and databases, including the online catalog of the National Central Library 國家圖書館書目資料檢索, a citation index for journals published in Taiwan 中華民國期刊論文索引, theses and dissertations 全國博碩士論文摘要檢索系統, literature 當代文學史料(評論, 傳記, 作品, 翻譯)and government publication 中華民國政府出版品 databases, etc. Options for selecting specific databases for searching are available under the general search box.


Toyo Bunko 東洋文庫 Full View/Short View

The largest library and research institute devoted to Asian Studies in Japan. (English version also available). To search the library's holdings, please see their Online Search 図書のオンライン検索 page; searching is within specific collections, and not all materials may be searchable through the online catalog. Chinese materials catalogs include but are not limited to the Online Classical Chinese Title Search 漢籍オンライン検索, Chinese Periodicals Catalog 中国語逐次刊行物データベース, the Xuxiu Sikuquanshu Catalog 續修四庫全書 and the Chinese Language Materials Catalog 中文図書の検索(近代中国研究委員会収集).

Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo 東京大学東洋文化研究所 Full View/Short View

National Diet Library (NDL) Asian Language Materials OPAC
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Catalog to the holdings of the NDL for books in Chinese, Korean , Mongolian, Vietnamese, Indonesian , Malaysian languages acquired in and after 1986, and all periodicals and newspapers in Chinese and Korean. The catalog is viewable in Japanese or English.

National Diet Library (NDL) OPAC Full View/Short View

National Diet Library bibliography since 1868. The English-language version has somewhat more limited functionality.

NDL Rare Books Image Database 貴重書画像データベース

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East Asian Libraries and Collections

North America

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European Association of Sinological Librarians -- Libraries and Catalogs
Provides links to sinological libraries throughout the world, with especially detailed coverage for Europe and East Asia.

Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, British Library

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Library, University of London

Le département des Manuscrits (division orientale), Bibliotheque National de France
Includes special catalogs for East and Central Asian manuscripts, particularly from the Pelliot collections. See also the union catalog for France, Catalog collective de France

Institute of Chinese Studies Library, University of Heidelberg

Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Contains links to their original online Chinese and Japanese catalogs, as well as to the new UK Union Catalogs.

Talen en culturen van China/Sinologisch Instituut, Leiden University
Includes links to their library collections and other research information.


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Interlibrary Loan

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If a book or article you need is not available at Harvard, it may be possible to obtain it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Worldcat may help you find your materials at another library. If they are not available through these catalogs, please consult library staff to see if there might be other ways to find them. For instance, the National Diet Library does not participate in Worldcat, but ILL is possible. For East Asian-language materials, FAS affiliates may contact Harvard-Yenching Library ILL services. For Western-language materials, please contact either Harvard-Yenching or HCL ILL services at Widener Library. You may also submit a purchase request suggesting that the library obtain a particular work.

For articles published in Taiwan, it may be possible to request a copy through the ReadNCL document delivery service. Depending on the material, it may be printed from online or the library may request that a copy be delivered by fax or mail. For more information, please consult reference staff at Harvard-Yenching Library.

Harvard-Yenching Library also maintains document delivery and exchange relationships with a number of libraries in East Asia. If you are not able to obtain a needed document through ILL, please consult reference staff at Harvard-Yenching Library or the librarian for the relevant collection (see Harvard-Yenching Library for contact information).

Family History Library Full View/Short View

The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints holds one of the world's largest collections of genealogies, including a very large number from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Their catalog may now be searched using characters as well as romanization. Materials are on microform and may be requested through the Harvard-Yenching Library. Typical loan period is about one month. For more information, please contact Sharon Yang .

Gateway Service Center of Chinese and Korean Academic Journal Publications Full View/Short View

The East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh provides free document-delivery services for articles published in Chinese or Korean which are not held by libraries in North America. Service for Chinese documents is available to everyone; for Korean, only to students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Page Last Reviewed: March 24, 2011