Established in 1965, the former Asian Library at the University of Illinois developed a world-class collection of information resources related to China and China Studies in both print and digital media. This library has served Chinese scholars, students, and researchers for over 40 years.
In 2011, the Asian Studies Reference Collection became a part of the International and Area Studies Library (IASL), while circulating Asian-language materials are accessible from the Main Stacks at the central circulation desk.
The newer IASL unit acquired and maintains print and online resources in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Persian, among other language materials. The robust Chinese Studies Collection continues to be one of the leading collections in the United States by providing Chinese resources and services to users around the world through digital information services. Providing excellent service not only to the faculty, staff, and student on its own campus, the Asian Collection at the IASL continues to support Chinese scholars from around Illinois (and around the world), and serve as a resource for international students and scholars (and their families) in the Champaign-Urbana community.
Chinese and Korean Studies Librarian
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