The library of the Institute of East Asian Studies is integrated as East Asia collection in the University Library, and therefore applies its regulations for use, acquisition policy and budget requirements of the university library.

The library collections reflect the contemporary relevance and interdisciplinary nature of East Asian Studies. The main collection areas are politics, society, economy, geography, modern history, culture and the modern languages of the regions of China and Japan. At present, the East Asian collection holds about 30,000 monographs and more than 500 periodicals, including 140 ongoing subscriptions. Since the focus of the Institute has moved in the last times, we have in this reporting period exchanged some ongoing subscriptions.

The total holdings of the East Asia collection are recorded in the electronic cataloging network of University Libraries of North Rhine-Westphalia and can be retrieved from the OPAC of the University Library (

The parallel cataloging of Japanese monographs in NACSIS-CAT (Japanese Union Catalogue), hosted by the National Institute of Information in Japan, has been continued, using the original characters. With the help of the Chinese and Japanese characters, approximately 5,340 of our Japanese titles can be found in CiNii Books (, and also in the European Union Catalogue of Japanese Books (

The University Library has a number of subject-oriented databases. Academic staff and students may access them via PC.

The library of the IN-EAST is also working with various international and national libraries through which both the staff and the students have opportunities to use the shared licensed databases directly from Asia and delivery of journal articles as needed (e. g. CrossAsia –

Many Chinese articles and texts can be downloaded. Concerning Japanese articles, the institute has completed an agreement with the National Diet Library in Japan, so that you can order on demand journal articles in Japan. Since the National Diet Library has been building its collections mainly by the legal deposit of Japanese publications (Legal Deposit System), this coopera­tion is most valuable for our research.

In this reporting period, we have had two large donations, one for the Chinese and one for the Japanese sector. Both complete our stocks excellent.