Rare Books, Special Collections, & Archives
The C.V. Starr East Asian Library owns many rare and unique materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western languages. Our Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room provides access to the rare book collections, particularly strong in Chinese local histories and genealogies, Japanese Edo-period woodblock-printed books, and the Korean Yi Song-yi Collection, such non-print collections as ancient Chinese oracle bones, Chinese posters, Edo-period ukiyo-e, as well as a growing collection of major archives. These non-circulating materials are available for use by patrons during the following scheduled open hours.
Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 AM-12:00 noon AND 2:00-4:00 PM
Monday and Friday 2:00-4:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
(Librarians are on-call; ask at the front desk)
Patrons are urged to use materials during these scheduled hours. No appointments are necessary, however, since a substantial portion of our rare books and archives are stored offsite, we strongly recommend that you prepare your visit well ahead of time.
For more detailed procedural information, see the Guidelines for Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room Use.
For more detailed information about the various collections, see the following pages:
- Chinese Rare Books and Special Collections
- Japanese Rare Books and Special Collections
- Korean Rare Books and Special Collections
- Tibetan Special Collections
- Archival Collections [in progress]
- Non-print Special Collections [to come]