Siku Quanshu 四库全书

June 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Our library has access to the Siku Quanshu 四库全书, the “Complete Library in the Four Branches of Literature”. These over 3400 works in the four traditional divisions of Chinese learning (classical, historical, philosophical, and literary), are a huge compilation of 36,000 volumes of Chinese texts ordered by the Qianlong emperor of the Qing dynasty in 1773, which took more than 10 years to complete.

The East Asian Library decided to join the European Sinological Libraries’ Consortium access deal for the Siku Quanshu. This is an online version, accessible through Leiden University’s so called ‘Citrix client’ from your desktop.

You can find this program through your Start Menu on your PC: Click Start -> Programs -> (look all the way down) -> The Electronic Version of SKQS: Siku Quanshu : Wenyuange Edition: Online Subscription Services. Your Citrix Mainframe will load the program, and then after pressing the IP Login button on the right below on your screen, the Siku Quanshu will load.

Browse the compilated works by sections (jingbu 经部, shibu 史部, zibu 子部 and jibu 集部) or perform a search. Reading classical Chinese has never been easier: you can add punctuations, notes, bookmarks and use the integrated Classical Chinese dictionary, which includes pronunciation. Also, you can select, copy and print (selections of) text.

If you find you should have access but the program does not show on your desktop, or if you have any other questions relating to the SKQS, please contact DD Beheer of the Library.

Please note the Siku Quanshu is only accessible from inside the Leiden University network and the European consortium has full access for two concurrent users only. Please logout after use.

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