The East Asian library is one of the oldest libraries of Asian studies in Europe with a large collection on China, Japan and Korea. Although the core of our collection consists of (often unique) materials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, we also have many books and journals in Western languages. Our collection of online sources – both free and licensed- is growing, and we have a large collection of Asian films which can be viewed (with or without headsets) in our special multimedia zone.
This website wants to be a guide to all things related to the East Asian Library. We will blog on eresources, handy tips and tools for reference. Please contact us for information, we are here to help you!
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The Scripta Sinica 漢籍電子文獻資料庫 database, compiled by the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, is an essential set of classic Chinese works, all in fulltext.
More than 814 titles and 477,960,000 characters of materials pertaining to the traditional Chinese classics have been included in the database, and have been categorized with meticulous care. The Scripta Sinica database contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, especially those related to Chinese history. All texts have interpunctions, notes and sometimes scanned images.
Click on the right hand button saying 授權使用 to enter the database. Browse by the original Chinese siku classification of 經 Classics, 史 Histories, 子 Masters, 集 Collections and 叢書 Collectanea, browse by dynasty, or search by title word.
Scripta Sinica includes titles like 重刋宋本十三經注疏附校勘記、斷句十三經經文 ; 老乞大諺解、朴通事諺解; 史記、漢書、後漢書、三國志、晉書、宋書、南齊書、梁書、陳書、魏書、北齊書、周書、南史、北史、隋書、舊唐書、新唐書、舊五代史、新五代史、宋史、遼史、金史、元史、明史、清史稿; 建炎以來朝野雜記 ; 閱微草堂筆記; 入唐求法巡禮行記; 三遂平妖傳、醒世姻緣、遊仙窟、訓世評話、三國演義、元刊雜劇三十種、五代史平話、新刊大宋宣和遺事、大唐三藏取經詩話、鏡花緣; 桃花扇、永樂大典戲文、關漢卿戲曲集.
- A list of recently added titles is here: new titles Scripta Sinica.
- A guide on how to use the database can be found here: help with Scripta Sinica
We have access to Chinese Studies – Oxford Bibliographies, with Tim Wright (Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield) as editor in chief, and a board of editors and expert contributors who have written on the subject. The list of research fields is updated regularly.
The East Asian Library is most grateful for the donation of 東北大學附属圖書館所藏中國金石文拓本集, a book case with colour photographs of the collection of Chinese rubbings (taben 拓本) of Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). Associate professor Ōno Kōji (Tohoku University) was most generous to donate this extensive work, of which he took all photographs, to the Leiden University Libraries.
Here on the left the official handing over of this extremely heavy book in the East Asian Library’s reading room, last February.
This wonderful work, of which there only exist 25 copies in the world, (more…)
Old Manchu and Mongolian books
The East Asian Library in Leiden University has a collection of 40 old books and manuscripts in Manchu. Most of these were described in Professor Hartmut Walravens’ German 1986 catalogue of 35 Manchu books, which were published as “Mandjurische Bücher im Sinologisch Instituut, Leiden”. This collection originates mostly from seven 19th century scholars. We also have a small collection of old Mongolian books, comprising one calendar and four Christian items.
This collection also comprises 5 Mongolian books and 5 Imperial or Presidential Decrees for meritorious officials. Half of the Manchu books are linguistic works; there are also many translations of Chinese classics and fiction. Special works are the Manchu translation of the Jin Ping Mei and the admonitions of the Qianlong and Jiaqing emperors.
- The full catalogue of old Manchu and Mongolian books is available through the following link : Old Manchu and Mongolian books and manuscripts [PDF]
The East Asian Library has several special collections. For access to these special collections, please contact the reference desk. Here’s our complete list of special collections on China:
- Van Gulik Collection
- Go Collection
- Gützlaff Collection
- Hulsewé Collection
- KNAG Collection
- Precious and special books (VGK Collectie)
- Local gazetteers 地方志
- Congshu 叢書 (Collected works)
- Journals, dating from before 1949
- Unofficial poetry magazines from PRC
- Chinese films en videos
- Art and material culture
- Kong Koan Archives
We have a trial until the beginning of June to lots of data for you to work with: the IMF eLibrary data database, the eLibrary of the International Monetary Fund or IMF.
This database simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools.
IMF Data provides information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade, aid, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction and more.
IMF eLibrary is easy to use, you can build your own queries and run specified data reports: (quote) “Data Reports helps users to easily build reports and charts covering many common IMF data topics. Predetermined country, topic, and data sources are available through the dropdown menus in the Data Reports tool. Query Builder allows users to develop a customized data search by filtering across country, concepts, and database sources to generate a report” (unquote). Read more from the IMF’s brochure [in PDF] Explore the new IMF eLibrary.
Leiden University Libraries are having the IMF eLibrary data on trial until the beginning of June 2014. If you like this resource, please let us know! Drop us an email at the email address of the subject librarian of Middle Eastern Studies or the subject librarian of Chinastudies. Thanks!
Asian Film Online is an online streaming video collection of nearly 500 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts, addressing themes such as modernity, globalization, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity.
For China there are 32 films, 23 films on Japan, and quite a few – over 100 in fact- for South Korea! Of course other Asian countries like India, Iran, Maylasia, Indonesia or Singapore are represented as well.
Just like Alexander Street Anthropology (also known as ‘Ethnographic Video Online‘) all films have transcripts, which are highlighted to show which part you are viewing; one can search through the transcript for a certain text and then jump to the section one is looking for. You can also make clips of any film to save in your own set (free registration), which you can then embed or share.
Leiden University Libraries have subscribed to this streaming video service for one year. If you like it, please let us know! Drop us an email at the email address of the subject librarian of Chinastudies. Thanks!
Our library has access to Airiti TEPS 台湾电子期刊服务网 or Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services, a collection with over 900 fulltext journals from Taiwan in the fields of humanities – including religion, philosophy, history, art, linguistics, literature, anthropology – and social sciences – including education. There are also journals in the field of medical science, natural sciences and applied sciences. Most of the journals are in Chinese, but there are also several journals in English. Use the search screen on the top left to search for articles or journal titles.
Most of the journals are roughly available from 2005, although some journal archives are from an even earlier date. Journals are published online within several weeks of their publication and are ordered by date, newest first.
All fulltext articles have a short abstract in Chinese and English, and are available to download as a PDF file, just click the orange icon top right saying .
All journals are accessible from home for university students and staff with your ULCN username and password, through the ‘Find Databases’ option in the library catalogue, or else this link to Airiti TEPS.