CKS Library

About us

The Center for Korean Studies maintains a small library and reading room for the convenience of faculty, students, and visitors along with its archives and manuscripts collections. The library supplements the Korean resources in the Asia Collection of Hamilton Library and, with the exception of its archives and manuscripts collections and art and material objects collections, does not hold material not also available in the much larger Asia Collection in Hamilton Library.

The Center library holds several collections of books presented as gifts by individuals active in Korean studies. Among these are the libraries of Doo Soo Suh, professor of Korean literature at the University of Washington; Eugene I. Knez, Smithsonian Institution anthropologist; teacher and art historian Evelyn Becker McCune; U.S. government official Robert A. Kinney; dance and music performer and teacher Ch’ŏn-hŭng Kim; Center associate member Karl Moskowitz; and Center emeritus faculty members Hugh H.W. Kang, Yong-ho Ch’oe, Judy Van Zile, and Edward J. Shultz.

Among the Center’s major archival collections are the records of the Hawaii Tongjihoe, the Halla Huhm Dance Collection, the records of the 1993 and 2003 observances of the anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawai’i, and the McCune-Becker Collection, containing the papers of George S. McCune, George M. McCune, Shannon B. McCune, Evelyn B. McCune, and Arthur L. Becker.


Research and reference services

Most of the library’s collection is stored on closed shelves and will be retrieved by library assistants on request. The library’s holdings do not circulate. The catalog of the library’s collections can be searched online.

  • General collections: books and serial publications.
  • Archival collections: unique archival materials including manuscripts.
  • Special format collections: photographs, maps, artifacts, audiovisuals, microfilms, and other media.



The library is located on the second floor of the Center for Korean Studies building at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. It is generally open for use during normal working hours, but assistance in using its holdings may vary depending on the availability of the library researchers who maintain the collection.

Due to COVID-19, CKS continues its work online until further notice!



Inquiries about the collections can be sent to

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