Korean drummers

Korean Studies

In 1979, the Korean Collection was established with a grant from the Korean Research Foundation in Seoul, Korea. As Korean programs at the University expanded, the collection was also enlarged. In the late 1980s, the Foundation for the Support of Korean Studies at the University of Toronto pledged a total of $100,000 to assist the library in a more active acquisition of Korean research materials.

Circulaiton desk

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library consists of 650,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Tibetan materials. It is a major research collection on East Asian studies in North America.

Tibetan Studies

Since 2013, an international collaboration between the University of Toronto and Columbia University’s research libraries have been strengthening existing expertise in Tibetan collection services at both universities to increase the availability of Tibetan resources to a wider community of scholars in both Canada and the United States.

Japanese Studies

In 1961, the foundation for the Japanese collection was laid with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Canada Council. The Donner Canadian Foundation also donated $20,000 for the further development and strengthening of the Japanese collection. Through the Dealers Selection Order system, the library was also able to acquire all new books published in Japan that were important to teaching and research at the University.

Chinese Studies

The East Asian Library began with a special collection of rare materials acquired from China in the 1930's, now referred to as the Mu Collection.

The collection has continued to grow with subsequent additions of Japanese, Korean and Tibetan materials.


Using the library

Location & hours

img-rspCheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
8th Floor Robarts Library
Toronto, ON, M5S 1A5
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

Library highlights

Ho Tam: Publishing as Artistic Practice

The East Asian Library is proud to host Ho Tam, an artist whose work has focused on Asian Canadian ethnic and gender identities. Tam will discuss projects such as The Yellow pages (1993), which is part of the Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

The talk will be followed by a tour of this exhibit given by its curator, Henry Heng Lu

For more information and registration, please see here.

2017 AAS/CEAL Conference and the Fourth Sino-American Academic Library Forum for Cooperation and Development Held in Toronto, March, 2017

The University of Toronto Libraries was honoured to host and support two major international Asian studies library conferences: the 2017 Association for Asian Studies (AAS)/Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) Annual Conference and the Fourth Sino-American Academic Library Forum for Cooperation and Development (SAALFCD). Visit conference website for more information.

Tibetan Studies Open House and Bibliographic Instruction

Tibetan Studies Open House with Tibetan Studies librarian Dr. Lauren Hartley and EAL Director Hana Kim on October 12, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Tibetan Studies Bibliographic Instruction with Dr. Lauren Hartley on October 12, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Individual consultations also available with Dr. Lauren Harley on October 12 (3:00-5:00 p.m.) and 13 (9:30-11:00 a.m.). For more details, see here.