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East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies

The University of Maryland Libraries hold over 154,000 cataloged books, reference materials, and periodicals written in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.  The holdings are strong in the humanities and social sciences, and particularly emphasize the history and literature of East Asia. 

In addition, the collection contains over 1,100 volumes of Western-language reference works, acquired primarily to support the university's teaching and research programs. These publications offer library users a wealth of materials unavailable elsewhere in the state of Maryland.


The East Asian Studies materials can be found in several locations in the UMD Libraries.

  • 1st floor of McKeldin Library - Current periodicals.  They are on the shelves towards the back of 1st floor. 
  • 3rd floor of McKeldin Library - Chinese/Japanese/Korean language materials, Folios, past periodicals, and reference books.  They can be found in the compact shelving, toward the back of 3rd floor.
  • Hornbake Library - The Gordon W. Prange Collection locates on the 4th floor of the Hornbake Library North, and its items are accessible at the reading room ("Maryland Room") on the 1st floor of the Hornbake Library North. 
  • Severn Library - Some reference materials and microfilms.  Severn Library is UMD Libraries’ high-density shelving, closed-stack facility.  The materials must be requested in advance.