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!
|databases and eresources:
browse by subject:
The English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly (1902–1940) was founded and based in Kobe, a port city that saw enormous expansion during the Chronicle’s lifetime. Edited by representative figures in this treaty port, the Chronicle provides a unique perspective not only on the settler communities in Japan and East Asia, but also to the historical development of East Asia as it happened.
As the Chronicle is an English-language newspaper edited and printed in Japan, the Chronicle is a valuable primary resource for students and scholars on modern history unable to work with Japanese language materials. The Japan Chronicle Online resource now offers the years 1919 – 1941. The remaining years 1902 – 1919 will be made available within the coming year.
Access this source both from the university as from home, using your ULCN login.
Established in 1872, 申报 Shenbao (historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper of before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shenbao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters. During its existence, Shenbao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China.
Published over eight decades of its existence, Shenbao’s content varies: politics, economics, history, cultural studies – literature, art, cinema. Shenbao is a standard source for late 19th and early 20th-century history. Its multicultural editors and correspondents’ claims can be keyed to any research whose objectives are global historical patterns of interaction and modernity or the resistance and reinterpretation of traditions. (more…)
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. (more…)
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!