East Asia Holdings

The University of Hawai’i maintains one of the nation’s major East Asia library collections within its Asia Collection. East Asia holdings are primarily located in the Sinclair Library (which also houses the Wong Audio-Visual Collection) and the Hamilton Library, the main campus library.

The Asia Collection in Hamilton Library currently holds 308,714 volumes in East Asian languages and 100,114 volumes on East Asia in other languages. The Library also makes available a wide range of electronic resources, full text and/or index and abstract services via on-line and CD-ROM formats.

The new Hawaii Voyager system provides users with access to the library catalogs of all 10 UH campuses. In July 2002, it added non-Roman scripts in the records of CJK language materials catalogued after 1985. UH is a member of the Research Libraries Group CJK consortium of major research libraries, and its holdings are also catalogued through this system. On-line access to the Union Catalog of EA members’ holdings with CJK languages is available through terminals with the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) CJK system in Hamilton Library. Materials unavailable in the UH libraries can be obtained through interlibrary loan. On average, these loan books arrive in 7-10 days; 5% of all books requested pertain to EA.

UH is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Japan Journal Access Project, which enables UH users to borrow books and receive journal articles from Waseda U in Japan. In 2002, UH participated in the Global ILL Framework (GIF) project initiated by ARL and the National Institute of Informatics in Japan; this expands UH users’ privileges to journal article access at another 54 major Japanese universities. A cooperative project in the planning stage is with Beijing Capital Library (the PRC’s equivalent of the Library of Congress).

UH’s library holdings are available through interlibrary loan and document delivery service. The UH libraries and the CJK Collections all maintain separate websites. Visitors can use library collections and computer terminals with Internet connections freely in-house. Borrowing privileges are available without charge to UH faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars affiliated with any UH department, or for a minimal fee to unaffiliated users.

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