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East Asia Department

Horai Monogatari Emaki

The East Asia Department (EAD) at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz was established as an independent unit in 1922.

The present collection is governed by the profile of the Special Subject Collection (Sondersammelgebiet, SSG; 1951-2015), as defined by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

It is in charge of the acquisition, cataloguing, and utilization of materials written in the languages of East and Central Asia, i.e., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan and minority languages of China. In addition, the department also purchases literature on East and Central Asia written in Western languages.

Within the federal system of German libraries, the EAD provides nationwide library services and national licenses. Especially, by acting as the control centre for the Blauer Leihverkehr (BL - named after the blue-coloured paper order slips), the EAD practices a direct long-distance interlibrary loan for literature in languages of the region. This service is being organized and handled as an inter-institutional contract between the EAD and the respective specialized institutions at universities or other scholarly, academic and scientific institutions.

CrossAsia - FID Asia provides access, via a portal, to digital resources for scientific and scholarly information in the field of Asian Studies. This digital and virtual library is subsidized by the German Research Foundation.

In case of any questions, the EAD's staff will be happy to assist you.