East Asia Holdings

UHM maintains one of the nation’s major EA library collections within its Asia Collection. The library holds 380,592 EA language monographs (including 6,546 e-books). Current periodical subscriptions number 2,600. The collection contains over 22,000 reels of microfilm, and over 1,200 audio-visual items. Library patrons have access to over 4,600 CJK files on CD-ROM or online. The library holds another EA 318,783 volumes in non-CJK languages. Additional resources on East Asia are in the Art Department’s Slide Library, the East Asia Dictionaries Center, and Sinclair Library (including Wong Audio-Visual Center). Library patrons can access 3.3 million print-volumes, more than 250 electronic databases, and 37,000 electronic journals. Several unique digital projects, such as selections from the Sakamaki-Hawley Collection and lantern slides from the Okumura Collection are also accessible via the library server.


UH is a member of Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Online access to the OCLC database and its records in CJK scripts is available to all UH library patrons. Materials unavailable in the UH Libraries can be obtained via interlibrary loan. The UH Library is a member of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), 33 academic libraries shortening interlibrary loan turnaround time. UH users will have greater access to expensive East Asian electronic resources through consortial arrangements with GWLA. Global ILL Framework (GIF) membership gives UH users access to book and articles in 150 major Japanese universities.


The library’s web based catalog is freely accessible through the internet. Each of the East Asia collections maintains its own website with information and resources on East Asia. The library contributes its catalog records to WorldCat (OCLC). Library books and journal articles are available through interlibrary loan and document delivery service. During the four-year period 2009-2013, CJK loans from the Asia Collection accounted for 10-13% of all UHM Library interlibrary loans. GWLA membership will make UHM Library collections even more accessible. The Library has an open door policy allowing everyone use of the library’s resources and open stacks. Borrowing privileges are available without charge to UHM faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars, and to others for a nominal fee.  Digital collections on East Asian Studies include “Asia at Work” (images) and “Images of Okinawa after WWII.”  The library’s open-access digital repository ScholarSpace disseminates UHM-produced resources on China, Korea, Japan, and Okinawa.

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