Our Collection

The Library began with a collection of rare materials acquired from China in the 1930's. This special collection is now known as the Mu Collection. More Chinese, Japanese and Korean materials were added later. The library now has over 553,000 volumes (as of May 2012). It is a major research collection on East Asian studies in North America. 

Chinese Collection

Areas of strength

  • Chinese philosophy, Chinese Buddhism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Taoism
  • Chinese history, strongly in dynastic records, 25 dynasties, modern China from 1912 to present, local histories
  • Contemporary Chinese economics and commerce
  • Chinese politics and government Explanation of law, statutes Education
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Art
  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese literature, 13 classics, (from Qu Yuan (ca 345--277 B.C.) to present)
  • Selective popular literature
  • Chinese statisical materials
  • Chinese bibliography and librarianship
  • Publisher and publishing 

Areas growing

  • Chinese Christianity, Islamic
  • Population
  • Ethnic studies
  • Music and drama
  • Fine art
  • Literature
  • Social sciences
  • Modern history and politics
  • Taiwan studies
  • Hong Kong and Macau
  • Reference works
  • China related media materials 

Japanese Collection

Areas of strength

  • Japanese philosophy and thought
  • Japanese religion: Buddhism, Shintoism
  • Japanese history (all periods from ancient to modern; esp. Tokugawa - Meiji period, WWII, local histories)
  • Japanese language and literature (all periods, all forms; major authors, esp. strong in modern literature)
  • Japanese theatre and drama
  • Literary history and criticism
  • Fine art
  • Government and politics
  • Japanese economic history, bank history
  • Folklore, anthropology
  • Reference and source materials 

Areas growing

  • Film studies
  • Women's studies / gender studies
  • Sociology
  • Social policy, social welfare
  • Statistical materials
  • Electronic resources

Korean Collection

Areas of strength

  • Korean philosophy, Korean Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Korean history
  • Korean War
  • Korean folklore, anthropology
  • Social Science
  • Political Science
  • Local government
  • Fine art
  • Korean language
  • Korean literature (all periods, all forms, major writers, modern literature)
  • Statistical materials
  • Reference and source materials 

Areas growing

  • Korean Christianity
  • North Korea
  • Korean Women's Studies
  • Music
  • Education
  • Korean films (Audio-Visual materials)
  • Bibiography, publishers and publishing