We have rich collections of material in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Manchu and Mongolian including manuscripts, printed books, periodicals, sound recordings, maps, newspapers and archives.

Collection guides

Asian and African Studies Reading Room

Asian and African Studies Reading Room

  • Find information on the shelves
  • Access online databases and electronic journals
  • Order collection items to the Reading Room via our catalogues
If you need help, just ask our Information Specialists at the Reference Enquiry desk.

We offer workshops to help you make the best use of the Library's collections.

You’ll need a Reader Pass

Mon: 10.00 – 17.00
Tue – Sat: 09.30 – 17.00
Sun & English Public Holidays: closed

Opening hours for all Reading Rooms

For enquiries, please contact the Reference Service

Blog posts

Ofuda: in with the good, out with the bad (Part 2)

Friday, June 10, 2016

In the previous Ofuda blog, we gave a br...

Ofuda: in with the good, out with the bad (Part 1)

Friday, May 27, 2016

In a previous blog post, ‘Till death us ...

Tang Xianzu, the great Ming dynasty playwright

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This year the Library celebrates one of ...

Can’t judge a book by its cover? Perhaps you can!

Friday, May 20, 2016

If you look at how museums choose to digitally engage with their audiences, especially in the past few years, it is evident that 3D technologies have become standard practice within their larger digital outreach. There is an increasing tendency to...

Projects

Cataloguing Chinese propaganda posters

Funded by the British Inter-University China Centre

Digitising Chinese oracle bones

We worked with partners in China to digitise more than 480 Chinese 'oracle bones'

Library experts

Yasuyo Ohtsuka

Curator, Japanese Collections

Hamish Todd

Head of East Asian Collections

Sara Chiesura

Lead Curator, Chinese Collections

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Peake in China: Memoirs of Ernest Cromwell Peake

Peake in China: Memoirs of Ernest Cromwell Peake

Peake's memoirs provide a fascinating account of a Westerner in China at the turn of the last century.

Cat and butterfly greetings card

Cat and butterfly greetings card

A painting from an album in the style of the Korean artist Chong Son. 17 x 12.5cm blank card.

Sutra of the Ten Kings

Sutra of the ten kings: fine art print

This fine art print of a detail from the Sutra of the ten kings is available framed or unframed in a number of sizes on paper, canvas or perspex.