Library of the Faculty of East Asian Studies

Note on the current corona situation

(Last update: 01/21/2021)
The library will remain closed for general audience until further notice.
As of 01/24/2022, the OAW Library will resume offering the scanning service.

From 11/15/2021, masks will also be compulsory at work spaces.
From 09/29/2021, 3G proof will be required to enter the university library and thus also the EAS library.

Opening concept from 09/06/2021

Lending and book return

The EAS library will allow lending and book return on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 and 16:00 from 06.09.2021. Access is limited to a maximum of 60 minutes and 6 people at a time. Loan and Book Return will be through the Circulation Office in UB 4/1. Prior registration is not required. Pick-up and return of StaBi loans (Blue Loan) is also possible during this time.
The Corona-related lending and collection service for books (window lending via the Central Library) as well as the scanning service will be completely discontinued as of 02.09.2021!

From 06.09.2021, the Loan rules according to the Library Usage Regulations will apply. Please pay special attention to the loan periods.

The offer is directed exclusively to students who have a user card for the EAS library. If you are studying at the EAS faculty and do not have a user card yet, please send the completed Library Card Application as a scan/photo as well as a current certificate of enrolment via email.
Admission and counting will be done by the supervisory staff. Please draw attention to yourself by ringing the bell at the entrance to the OAW Library (on the left) and leave your library card upon entering the library, which will be returned to you upon leaving.

Learning Work Spaces

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you can book study work spaces in the EAS Library for the time from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. via the following link:

The service is primarily aimed at doctoral and undergraduate students preparing their theses. The number of seats is limited to 6 at a time. Seats are assigned by the supervisory staff to ensure compliance with minimum spacing. Book check-out and return for students who have not booked a work space is not available on these days.
For a longer stay (max. 5 hours) in the library rooms, it is recommended to do a Corona test in advance.


The previous user registration at the entrance of the Central Library is no longer required. Group work is not allowed. Please also see the Central Library information on the reopening.

The UB's coat lockers are still not available for use. Bringing jackets and bags to the UB is therefore possible, but food & drink is not (exception: water). Please deposit any water bottles you bring with you in the entrance area of the EAS library.

There is a mask requirement in the Central Library building and therefore also in the EAS library.

Die Research PCs next to the supervisor's office can be used. After use, please disinfect the keyboard and mouse (disinfectant and wipes are provided).

By keeping the windows open (tilt position), the best possible ventilation should be ensured.

The supervisory staff will carry out inspection rounds at regular intervals to ensure compliance with the rules and to keep the windows open. Please follow the instructions of the staff.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your cooperation.

Additional Notes

Moodle course

Starting November 2020 we offer a Moodle course for students and staff of the Faculty of East Asian Studies - there you will find tutorials and have the opportunity to ask questions in the forum.

Researching literature from home

When searching for literature, please also take note of the collecting offers of various publishers collected by the UB, the databases compiled under the Subject-specific information as well as our own overview of online resources, which now also includes some Japanese journals that can be accessed online.
General information on how to use the RUB libraries from home can be found here. The UB has also started a channel with information videos on YouTube.

Note on CrossAsia:

Currently, simplified rules for registration and renewal apply.
For registration or extension please send us the completed and signed form by mail or e-mail. We will then stamp it and forward it to the Staatsbibliothek.

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00-18:00
  • Friday: 10:00-16:00
  • Between Terms
  • Monday-Friday: 10:00-16:00


  • University Library, 4th floor, section 1


  • Address for packages
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Bibliothek der Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
    Gebäude UB 4/1
    Universitätsstr. 150
    D-44801 Bochum
  • Address for correspondence
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Bibliothek der Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
    Gebäude UB 4/1
    D-44780 Bochum
  • Phone: 0234 / 32 - 2 61 88

Services and Collections

  • Reference library
  • 225,838 volumes, 315 current journals
  • Library identifier: 294/15


  • Michael Schütte, M.A. (Head librarian)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 28 09 2
    Fax: +49 (0)234 32 14 30 0
    UB 5/20
  • Hua Offenberg, B.A. (Chinese Studies)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 22 34 2
    UB 5/18
  • Jimi Nam-Osterkamp, MA LIS (Korean Studies)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 22 34 2
    UB 5/18
  • Sarah Sauer, M.A. (Japanese Studies)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 28 87 6
    UB 5/17
  • Student and Research Assistants
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 26 18 8
    UB 4/1

Library News

Please follow the RUB's advice on the current coronavirus situation