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Guide to Starting a New Chinese Collection in North America

With the rapid growth and development of Chinese Studies programs in American universities and colleges, more and more schools feel the pressing need for collecting books and journals in the original Chinese language, and providing faculty and students with essential reference tools, primary sources, and archival materials in the original Chinese language, so that researchers are able to do in-depth research and studies on topics relating to China's traditional cultures as well as present social, political, and economic conditions. This guide is made with this purpose in mind, and is meant to serve as a starting point for those institutions that are starting a Chinese collection from scratch.

We welcome your suggestions and feedbacks. Please contact the East Asian Public Services Librarian if you have any questions.

Acquisition Channel

After you have a list of Chinese books to collect, you will need to know where and from whom to acquire them. Please click here for a PDF list of major vendors in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Unied States for Chinese printed resources and videos/audio materials.

Further Readings

Xiuying Zou, "Five Fundamental Elements to Jumpstart a New East Asian Collection", Journal of East Asian Libraries, no137 (October 2005) p.10-13

曹道衡,《古典文学要籍简介》, 江苏古籍出版社,2000
费振刚,《中国古代文学要籍导读》,北京大学出版社,2003
胡适,《最低限度的国学书目:胡适文存第二集第一卷》,远流出版事业股份有限公司,1986
李宗邺,《中国历史要籍介绍》,上海古籍出版社,1982
张舜徽,《中国古代史籍举要》,湖北人民出版社,1980

Professional Organizations

Collaborations with Other East Asian Libraries in North America