The Library started as the Chinese Studies Collection Division in 1962. In 1982, in line with the government’s “Look East” policy, the scope of the collection was extended to include materials in the Japanese and Korean languages. Items in Chinese, Japanese and Korean script are transliterated according to Pinyin system, Hepburn system and Korean pronunciation system.
More details about borrowing policy of East Asian Studies Library
The East Asian Studies Library has a collection of more than 70,000 volumes, comprising items in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. The collection focuses mainly on books on classical and modern Chinese literature, Chinese language and linguistics, Chinese history and philosophy.
The Library has a special collection on Malaysiana materials. Publication about Malaysia, written by Malaysians and published in Malaysia/Overseas with academic value is collected. Users can access to those items with special permission.
Besides that, local Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau are available in the library for reading.