Korean Collection Overview


Established in 1979, the Korean collection at the University of Toronto’s East Asian Library is the largest and the oldest research collection for Korean studies in Canada. As of 2023, we have close to 88,000 physical volumes of Korean language materials including monographs, serials, and audio-visual materials. The Korean collection at the University of Toronto is consistently ranked among the top ten East Asian Libraries in North America.
Our collection’s strength lies in the Humanities and Social Sciences with substantial holdings in history, literature, Korean labor and industries, philosophy, religion, family studies, and politics and government. More recently, we strive to collect materials in Korean Canadian studies, Korean gender studies, North Korea and Korean culture studies including films in support of teaching and research interests in Korean studies.

Search for Books

  • Search for books using the University of Toronto Libraries online catalogue, WorldCat, Korean Bibliography Database, National Digital Library of Korea, Korean History On-line, and RISS International.

Search for Articles

  • Search for articles using Korean subscription databases such as DBpia, KISS, Kyobo Scholar, etc.

Search for Reference Materials

  • EncyKorea, Korea A2Z, KRpia, and Korean language key resources

Search for Statistics & Data

  • KSDC DB, KOSIS, Data on Korea by OECD, etc.

Romanization Rules

  • ALA-LC Romanization Rule for Korean

Call Number Guides

  • Guide to LC classification on Selected Korean Materials

Special Collections & Guides

  • Special Collections Guides
  • Research Guides & Finding  Aids
  • Korean Language Key Resources (HTML)

Internet Resources by Subject

  • Subject specific resources, internet newspapers, maps, and search engines

Korean Language Program Resources 

RISS International

  • Includes instruction on how to request Interlibrary loan service using RISS international