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East Asian Studies

East Asian Collection at UVA

About the East Asian Collection

The East Asian Collection at the University of Virginia Library is a relatively new collection that includes resources for all major academic disciplines. It is particularly strong in:

  • Buddhism
  • Literature
  • History
  • Art

Approximately 1,400 titles in the Collection are unique and not held by any other library in the world.


Notable Features of the Collection

  • In 2006, the Collection gained all library materials from the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions, which included more than 100,000 items about Buddhism and East Asian culture.
  • The Collection also includes the Ma Kiam Collection, a collection of more than 10,000 volumes of Chinese classical works in traditional stitched binding, valuable for teaching literature, history and philosophy.
  • The Library still maintains its Chinese and Japanese text initiatives - two pioneering projects digitizing authoritative editions of Chinese and Japanese literary works. These are among the very few digital projects that supply an English translation alongside the original script.


Electronic Resources

The East Asian Collection includes resources in a variety of electronic formats. Major resources include:


Where to Find the East Asian Collection

The Collection is housed mainly at the Shannon Library. Many resources in East Asian languages can also be found at the Fine Arts Library, Clemons Library, and others.

(Note that materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages are shelved together with other languages on the same subjects according to Library of Congress Classification)