Far East collections

Author: : Bent L. Pedersen

The Far Eastern collections have only a few manuscripts, but many printed books (monographs and journals), including blockprints, microfilms, AV-materials and a small collection of objects related to the art of the Far Eastern book.

Search for printed books in the online catalogue REX . Use transcription or, for newer material, original scripts..

The reading room on floor E-West has a reference collection with books in Oriental and Western languages. This reference collection can be located in REX.

Manuscripts and rare prints can be made available at Reading Room West, after previous arrangement (e-mail: kontaktbiblioteket@kb.dk). The user is required to show a Reading Room ID card.

The collections consist of works in Chinese (including some Chinese dialects), Japanese and Korean.

The Chinese collection include some posters that are on the process to be on-line Poster

Data bases

Full text database Renmin ribao 1946-2010. Searches only with Chinese characters; the original layout can be seen in a PDF-file.

For other data base options, please consult the pages of NIAS (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen). 


European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL). Links to East Asian libraries and their collections - all over the world.

The Virtual Library East and Southeast Asia - CrossAsia - offers parallel access to scientific information in East and Southeast Asian studies. Based in Germany, but includes also full text databases in Western languages. Contains both free and restricted access.

ChinaResource organization at the University of Heidelberg gives access to many helpful resources in Chinese studies.

The Bodleian Library in Oxford has a Chinese on-line CJK katalog in Big-5 coding.

East Asia Department of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin on-line catalog including Chinese and Japanese characters. [ German interface] and [ English interface])

List of early Chinese manuscripts 
Database of early Chinese manuscripts

Access to Siku quanshu og Siku quanshu huiyao i fulltext

Free access to China Legal Access (CLASS) and China Business Reference (China Bref)

International Dunhuang Project gives access to more than 100,000 manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang (Gansu province in China) and other Silk Road sites. Within in this project, the Royal Library's collection of scrolls from Dunhuang has been made accessible as digital facsimiles.

Site on Resources for East Asian Language and Thought

Special for Japan:

Japanese newspapers in English:
The Internet Public Library

Japan Documentation Center, Library of Congress, USA

Catalogue of the Japanese materials in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (CJK is required):

Union catalog of Japanese university and college libraries published by The National Institute of Informatics (NII under the Foreign ministry of Japan (CJK is required): Web Cat

National Diet Library web site
Homepage for the National Japanese Library (Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan).

Special for Korea:

Korean Research Information menu of the Korea Foundation homepage has links to web side related to Korean studies.

Korea Web. can be used as a portal for those interested in Korean studies .

Korean History: A bibliography provides a comprehensive bibliography of Korean Studies covering such fields as Korean history, law, women, science, education, philosophy, literature and language.

Korean History On-line Gives access to various korean history sources.