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[Bodleian Library - Oxford] [Brotherton Library (Chinese Section) - Leeds] [Chinese Section of the British Library - London] [The British Library - Boston Spa] [ Institute for Chinese Studies Library - Oxford][University of Sheffield - East Asian studies Library][University of Sheffield,  Chinese Collection] [Durham University Library] [Faculty of Oriental Studies Library, Cambridge]

address Department of Oriental Books, Bodleian Library, Oxford, OX1 3BG
fax +44 1865 277029
telephone +44 1865 277034
foundation 1602; first Chinese book acquired 1604.
Chinese language holdings occupied shelving 3,400 linear metres (Feb '1995), including approx. 800 current periodicals, 4,000 pre-modern editions, 1,500 reels of microfilm.
special collections Sinica - includes 17th century acquisitions (120 fasc.), Alexander Wylie's books, Taiping pamphlets, Protestant missionary publications (1,500 items), modern acquisitions of pre-modern imprints and fine editions; Backhouse - mostly fine pre-modern imprints, including approx. 100 Ming editions.
catalogue/library system allegro, Big-5 encoding. Accessible externally via telnet: (or Currently includes 41,000 titles catalogued in Chinese to the second level of description as defined in AACR2.
WWW access to the allegro catalogues:
librarians David Helliwell (, Shu-ching Naughton, Zhang Yajie
notes The Chinese Studies Library and Eastern Art Library are on detached sites, but are run jointly with the main research collection described above. Together, their Chinese language holdings amount to approximately 700 linear metres, including a collection of some 300 congshu. All Chinese language holdings of Oxford libraries are being incorporated into the allegro catalogue.

Name Brotherton Library - Chinese Section
address University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
fax +44 113 3435561
telephone +44 113 3434987
foundation (of Chinese collection) 1962
Professor(s) Don Remmington, Gregor Benton
library holdings ca. 50,000 vols. 150 current Chinese serials
catalogue/library system (for Chinese books) allegro-c since 1993
special focus 20th century China materials on the Chinese diaspora esp. in Europe collected in the Dept. of E. Asian Studies
library staff / contact Xiyi Huang
(inter-library) loan Contact ILL Section or Xiyi Huang
computer equipment [General library has most modern equipment]
internet/www www:

address Chinese Section, Oriental & India Office Collections, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2 DB
fax +44 71412 7641
telephone +44 71412 7650/7651
foundation British Library and acquisition of first Chinese book 1753
catalogues Fiche catalogue (pre-1964): pinyin card catalogue (1964-1996): 1996- Allegro catalogue - 
(1966 Wade-Giles' romanisation card catalogue; 1966-1993 Hanyu pinyin card catalogue; Nov. 1993 - Allegro-C automated catalogue)
Chinese language collections The 'national' collection of Chinese books and mss.
Special collections: 

- Couling-Chalfant collection of approximately 500 inscribed oracle bones.
- Stein collection of paper documents from Dunhuang and other Sino-Central Asian Sites, including the Diamond sutra, the world's earliest dated (AD 868) printed "book"; also, inscribed wood and bamboos slips (Han period 206 BC-AD 220)
- Manuscripts include Taiping documents (Gordon papers), maps, parts of the Yongle dadian
- Leifengta printed scroll (AD 975)
- More than 200 Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing (AD 960-1911) fine printed editions
- Modern printed books & periodicals: broad coverage of the humanities & social sciences and, also traditional Chinese medicine

librarians Frances Wood ( and Graham Hutt (Graham
Internet/WWW The Chinese Section
The India and Oriental Section
The British Library
notes Humanities and social sciences in Chinese: from the 1880s to 1997, copyright receipt from Hong Kong; strong collections of early printed fiction (Ming-Qing), Peking Gazette and, most notable, the Stein collection from Dunhuang which is being gradually digitised and mounted on the web.
Materials in Chinese and in other languages are available from other departments in the British Library such as the India Office Collections, Science Reference and Information Service and Document Supply Centre (located in Boston Spa, Yorkshire). For further information see the World Wide Web homepages of the library or contact the Section for a copy of guide to the Chinese language collections.
The on-line digital database of the International Dunhuang Project may be found at
last update: 26/2/2000

address  The British Library, Boston Spa, Wetherby, W.Yorkshire LS23 7BQ, UK
fax +44-(0)-1937-546480
telephone +44-(0)-1937-546048
library holdings 767 Current Chinese Serials
special focus Science, technology, medicine, business, finance,law and humanities.
librarians Mrs. Hiroko Brittain
inter library loan Permitted through registered users.
last update: 26/2/2000

Name Institute for Chinese Studies Library - Oxford
address Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG, U.K.
fax +44 1865 280431
telephone +44 1865 280430
foundation 1994 
library holdings 33,000 v.
catalogue/library system Allegro (for works in Chinese and Japanese); OLIS for other material.
special focus A teaching/lending library of the University of Oxford in support of the University's taught courses on China at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
library staff / contact Minh Chung
(inter-library) loan Available. British Library ILL code: OX/U23
computer equipment Public access, with CJK feps, to the automated catalogues and to the internet.
others 1.WWW access to the allegro catalogues:
2.Telnet access to the allegro catalogues: telnet:// 
3.Telnet access to OLIS: telnet://
Last update: 12/12/1997

Name University of Sheffield,  East Asian Collection
address Arts Tower, Floor 1, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN 
fax +44 114 273 9826
telephone 0114 22 27333 
foundation 1963
library holdings n/a 
catalogue/library system TALIS 
special focus East Asia (CJK): modern history, social sciences, literature and language.
library staff / contact Gill Goddard, East Asian Studies Librarian
(inter-library) loan via British Library ILL scheme 
computer equipment Yes
internet/www www:

Name University of Sheffield,  Chinese Collection
address Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
fax +44 114 222 7290
telephone +44 114 222 7334
foundation (1997 for Chinese collection)
library holdings Bookstock :approx 1,000 Chinese language and 3,500 English language 
catalogue/library system TALIS (for all languages)
special focus Subject coverage centres on:-  Language and literature (20th c.)  History and society (late Ch'ing onwards)  Economy and business (20th c.)  Government and politics (late Ch'ing onwards)  Religion and philosophy
library staff / contact Gill Goddard, East Asian Studies Librarian
(inter-library) loan
last update: 26/2/2000

Name  Durham University Library
address South Road, Durham DH1 3LY, United Kingdom
fax +44 191 374 7481
telephone +44 191 374 3021
foundation Chinese studies collection in Durham University is largely developed after 1945
Professor(s) Dr Michael Dillon (Senior lecturer in Chinese history), Mr Don Starr (Lecturer in Chinese language)
library holdings About 40,000 titles on China, of which half are in Chinese and the other half in European languages
catalogue/library system INNOPAC
special focus Chinese art and archaeology; ethnic minorities; modern Chinese politics and history; Ming Qing literature; modern Chinese literature
library staff / contact Mr Mamtimyn Sunuodula
(inter-library) loan Interlibrary Loans, Durham University Library. User code: 11204.
computer equipment 2 PC's for the use of librarian and Unionway is availabe accross the University network for users
Last update: 24/11/1999

Name Faculty of Oriental Studies Library, Cambridge
address Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA, UK
fax +44 1223 335110
telephone +44 01223 335112
foundation 1935
library holdings Faculty Library 60,000 vols, Chinese collections 7,000 vols
catalogue/library system
special focus Mainly and undergraduate teaching collection of books and journals but also contains some research material.
library staff / contact C.A. Ansorge
(inter-library) loan Via the Cambridge University Library


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