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About the Gateway Service

The East Asian Gateway Service (EAGS) was established in October 1998 by a grant from the U.S. Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Since October 2001, the EAGS has been financially supported by the University of Pittsburgh Library System. The EAGS is a pioneer in developing a transcontinental interlibrary partnership.

The EAGS, administered by the East Asian Library of the ULS, focuses on free delivery of full-text Chinese and Korean language academic publications to researchers. The EAGS delivers Chinese documents to any individual researchers for research and teaching purpose or non-profit organizations who cannot find the needed item in any U.S. libraries. However, the service for Korean documents offers delivery to the University of Pittsburgh faculty and students only. The service is reciprocal, as the ULS provides document delivery service of English language materials to its Chinese and Korean partner libraries.

In the past nine years, the EAGS has succeeded in not only providing an effective research support to thousands of China scholars in the United States and researchers and scientists in China, but also in creating an extensive partnership with 16 academic or research libraries in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. According to the EAGS’ statistics, from 1999 to 2008(FY), it received a total number of 17,734 requests; since 2003, more than half of the requests are from the Chinese partner libraries. The geographical map of the EAGS’s U.S.-based users covers 40 states in America, more than 130 colleges and universities, and many other organizations.

Full-text articles are transmitted electronically via the Internet from the participating libraries in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea which hold the titles, to Pittsburgh, where they are then sent to requesters via the Internet. Online Request Form for Chinese Material or Request Form for Korean Material are provided for your convenience to send your request to our service.

Before you request the service, please read the Chinese User Guide or the Korean User Guide carefully. It will help you to clearly  know what you can get from this service and understand what is the restriction or limitation.

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New Partnership Established with China University of Geosciences Library, and Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS
In October 2011, 中国地质大学 图书馆 (China University of Geosciences Libraries), and 中国科学院昆明动物研究所图书馆(Kunmin Institute of Zoology, CAS)joined in the East Asian Gateway Service partnership between the University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh, and academic and research libraries in China, for global document delivery, and gift and exchange programs between China and the United States.

New Partnership Established with Shanxi Normal University, and Xiamen University
In September 2008, Shanxi Normal University (SNU  陕西师范大学), and Xiamen University Library (XMU 厦门大学) join in the partnership between the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, and academic and research libraries in China, for global document delivery, and gift and exchange programs

Founded in 1944, Shanxi Normal University (SNU) is one of the 6 normal universities directly affiliated to the State Educational Ministry. The Library is the document and information centre of the university. It has the largest collection among all institutions of higher learning in Northwest China. Its collection amounts to 2 million volumes with a total floor space of 13,700 square meters. The library also runs a master degree program in ancient Chinese bibliography. For more information on the library, please visit its web site at

Founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee (陈嘉庚), the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader, Xiamen University  is a comprehensive key national university designated for the state key construction of the “211 Project” and the “985 Project”.  The Library of Xiamen University has a holding of over 3 million volumes of print resources, and 1 million volumes of electronic resources, with a distinctive strength in collecting resources for studies and research on Taiwan, and Southeast Asian countries. For more information on the library, please visit its web site at

New Partnership Established with National Taiwan University Library
In March 2008, the National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學)joins in the partnership between the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, and academic and research libraries in China, for global document delivery, and gift and exchange programs.

Being the first integrated and most prestigious institution of higher education in Taiwan area, National Taiwan University has taken up the responsibility of promoting the level of academic research study and teaching in Taiwan, and has from the very start put emphasis on scholarly research in basic theory and on free atmosphere of academic thought ....For more information about the National Taiwan University and the library, please visit the website:

New Partnership Established with University of Macau Library
In November 2007, University of Macau Library joins in the partnership between the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, and academic and research libraries in China, for global document delivery, and gift and exchange programs.

University of Macau Library, constructed in 1999, is one of the most wired and technology advanced library structures in Macau today. It has a working space area of 15,000 square meters in five stories. In order to give adequate resources support to the University expanding curricula, changing pedagogy stimulated by an emerging mobile computing environment, and intensified research activities, the Library exerts its efforts in keeping pace with these breath-taking development and challenges  …For more information, please visit the library website:

Service Guideline Update, September 2006
Effective immediately, the Chinese East Asian Gateway Service will provide document delivery service to individual researchers or non-profit institutions / organizations only. If you need an academic jouranl article for reserch or teaching, but the needed item is not held by any libraries in the United States, you or your Interlibrary Loan staff on your behalf may submit the request to the East Asian Gateway Service by filling out the request form. We will try to obtain it for you from our partner libraries in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

New Partnership Established
In March 2006, the East Asian Library of the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh established a new partnership with Shanghai Information Center for Life Sciences, Chinese Academy of sciences(SICLS, 中国科学院上海生命科学图书馆).

New Partnership Established
By December 2005, the East Asian Library of the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh established partnership with two more Chinese Libraries: the Zhejiang University Library (浙江大学图书馆), and the Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences (中国科学院国家科学图书馆). The new partnership will provide the East Asian Gateway Service with more channels to deliver Chinese academic journal articles and further enhance our first-rate services.

Korean Document Delivery Service (KDDS) Launched. July 1, 2004
We are pleased to announce our new KDDS at East Asian Library. The KDDS at Pitt is focused on Korean academic publications not held by or available from libraries in the United States. It operates strictly under the copyright laws of the United States and Korea. Any Pitt faculty/students who need full-text Korean academic journal article(s) for their research/teaching may request documents via email. 

University of Pittsburgh's East Asian Gateway Service Forms New Partnerships With National Central Library in Taiwan and Universities Service Center In Hong Kong 
Through an agreement with the National Central Library (NCL) of Taiwan, the East Asian Library of the University of Pittsburgh can now receive and download full text journal articles directly from the NCL's Chinese periodicals database on the Internet. This database contains thousands of full text Chinese periodicals published in Taiwan. The East Asian Library is the NCL's only institutional subscriber in the U.S. Through this service, the East Asian Library can retrieve & deliver digital copies of Chinese language journals held by the NCL to any US scholar upon request. This arrangement streamlines service for the National Central Library, as requests from North America can now be directed to a central location in Pittsburgh. In addition, the Universities Service Center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has reached an agreement recently to provide full text document delivery of Chinese periodical publications held by this Library to U.S. requestors through the East Asian Gateway Service of the East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh. The East Asian Library is the only service provider in the U.S for document delivery from the University Service Center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library.

Renewing Partnership With Chinese Libraries
In October, 2002 on their trip to China, Dr. Rush Miller, University Librarian of University of Pittsburgh Library System, and Dr. Zhijia Shen, Head of East Asian Library, met with directors of the Gateway partner libraries in China. They had productive discussions on the issues of global document delivery and library resources sharing and renewed East Asian Gateway Service agreements. They also explored opportunities for further collaboration.

Continuation of the East Asian Gateway Service 
The East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh University Library System announces the continuation of its successful Chinese document delivery service into its fourth year. Originally funded by the National Leadership Grant awarded by the Institute of Library and Museum, the center has served scholars and library patrons across the country by delivering full-text journal publications directly from collections and libraries in China during the past three years. The East Asian Gateway Service has won immensely positive responses from its users and proven to be a valuable service critical to the research of many scholars of Chinese studies. 

We welcome your use of our service. Please send your requests to the center using the on-line request form. We appreciate your feedback about our services. We look forward to hearing from you and to continuing to serve your research and information needs. 

University of Pittsburgh Libraries Provide Access to Chinese Journal Literature for U.S. Scholarly Community
The University of Pittsburgh Library System, through its East Asian Library, has established a demonstration East Asian Gateway Service to deliver digital copies of Chinese language academic journal publications from six Chinese libraries via the Internet to scholars throughout the United States. This is the first global resource sharing and document delivery program between American libraries and Chinese libraries. Through this Center, scholars and library patrons can have free and easy access to full-text Chinese language journal articles stored in Chinese libraries, not otherwise available in the United States. This arrangement creates a global virtual library of Chinese journal collections with great depth and extent for scholars in all academic disciplines.

This project is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services from 1998 to 2000. An earlier pilot study was funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Research libraries in Asia partnering with the University of Pittsburgh include Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Academia Sinica of Taiwan.

University of Pittsburgh Library Opens Research Gateway to Chinese Journal Articles, December 8, 1998
From: The Chronicle of Higher Education by Lisa Guernsey Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh have set up a World-Wide Web-based system that enables researchers to retrieve journal articles from the opposite ends of the earth -- literally....more