Library profile

The library was founded together with the Faculty of East Asian Studies in 1965. Today it holds approximately 225,800 monographs, a very large number of collectanea (congshu) and over 300 journals. Although the collection consists primarily of materials in East Asian languages, i.e. Chinese (65%), Japanese (25%) and Korean (10%), it also includes books and periodicals in Western languages and covers the East Asian region as well as individual countries. The scope of the collection is not limited to literature, arts, history, philosophy and religion, it also includes politics, social science and economics. The collection also holds rare old books and other objects from China and especially from Japan, such as manuscripts and valuable items (East Asian Library Archive, room UB 5/19).
All acquisitions since 1997 are catalogued in the Central Library OPAC. The majority of items in East Asian languages are catalogued in Western transcription as well as in the original script. Acquisitions before 1997 can be found in the Digitalized Alphabetical Main Catalogue (OAW-DAHK). The library is open to the general public, books can be borrowed by members of the Faculty of East Asian Studies for two weeks, extendable up to 6 weeks.
If distance is a problem, you can either send a request or make an appointment with one of our librarians (Email: /
Phone: +49 (0)234 32 26 18 8).

Departmental collections

Individual departments, e.g. the Department of East Asian Economics, supplement the library holdings with their own subject and research-specific collections.
The Taiwan Research Unit, inaugurated in 2002, has a collection of well over 6,000 titles, most of which are computerized and globally accessible via the Central Library OPAC. The focus is on Taiwanese literature, culture and social development. This unique collection is the largest research library in Europe for Taiwanese culture. Workshops, visits by international researchers as well as generous donations by the Culture Department of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and by Mrs. Tienchi Martin-Liao, reflect both the importance and the interest in this collection.
The Richard Wilhelm Translation Centre was founded in 1993. It has a significant and unique collection of German translations of texts from all epochs of Chinese literary history. New acquisitions and ongoing subscriptions to periodicals ensure that the library has all the latest German language translations.
Directed by the Department of Japanese History and attached to the East Asian Library, the Siebold Archive, also known as the Sieboldiana Collection, holds approximately 1,500 manuscripts dating from the Edo and Meiji periods. The documents, originating from the German Japan-researcher, Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796–1866), and his son Alexander (1846–1911), are a valuable repository for historical research on 19th and early 20th century Japan. The collection has been completely recorded on microfilm.
Since the succession of Prof. Dr. Regine Mathias in 1996, the department's focus is on modern Japanese History as well as on contemporary social, economic, and cultural developments. In this context Bochum will become the future location for a collection concentrating on Japanese social science and economic history, donated by Prof. Hidemura.