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The majority of the holdings of the East Asia Department are recorded the Online Catalogue of the East Asia Department (EA-OPAC) in original script. Collections are mostly catalogued with the titles of the individual works they contain.
Holdings up to 1945, bequests and private collections can be found in conventional card catalogues; these must be consulted in situ or via a catalogue enquiry with the East Asia Department.
For some materials only printed catalogues exist (cf. below, III.). They will successively also be integrated into the EA-OPAC.
The retro-conversion of our card catalogue for the accession period 1951-1986 is in progress. The Hanyu-Pinyin card catalogue (accession after 1986) has been completely digitised, and its materials are searchable in the OPAC.
Please note that, due to technical reasons, newly received materials will show up in the OPAC with a certain delay. In case of doubt, the East Asia Department holds more titles than those shown in the OPAC at a given moment. Please contact us. We can help in many of these instances as well.

Online Catalogues of the East Asia Department

East Asia-OPAC

The main tool for searching the holdings of the East Asia Department is the EA-OPAC of the East Asian collection. All new acquisitions in Chinese since 1951 will (soon) be documented here. Documentation for new accessions since 1986 is more or less complete; titles are analytically catalogued, i.e., collections are documented down to the level of single titles.
As another segment of the EA-OPAC, your search can include, via the "Titleset-selection" of the OPAC, the catalogue of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, StaBiKat, which contains publications on East Asia in western languages, as well as Chinese periodicals (such as newspapers, journals, yearbooks), the latter, at present, in Hanyu-Pinyin-transcription only. For up-to-date results for works in Western languages, we recommend a separate search in the main catalogue of the Staatsbibliothek, the StaBiKat.

The CrossAsia-segments in the EA-OPAC allow bibliographical searches in a number of important data bases of the CrossAsia portal. With regard to e-books, they include for example Chinamaxx, China Ancient Books (基本古籍庫), and the Apabi-reference works; with regard to electronical journals, the of China Academic Journals (CNKI-CAJ) are searchable on the article level.

The catalogue entries for print media provide shelf marks with direct links to the loan system, as well as to the online order form of the Blauer Leihverkehr (BL). Catalogue entries of electronical media usually provide links for direct remote access (requires log-in).

Zeitschriftendatenbank - ZDB

Chinese journals, newspapers, and other periodicals such as yearbooks, can also be searched in the periodicals data base ZDB. Currently, titles lack original script and only Hanyu-Pinyin-transcription is given. The ZDB is being produced and maintained cooperatively by some 4,300 libraries, documenting all holdings (incl. Chinese) of periodical materials in German and Austrian libraries.

Card Catalogues

The holdings of materials in East Asian languages at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin was kept in separate card catalogues, of which several were created in the course of time. They are in the process of being included into the OPAC and thus step by step become obsolete. The following catalogues are, however, still accessible; they are located in front of the entrance to the Joint Open Access Reading Room (OLS) of the Oriental and East Asia Departments.

Hanyu-Pinyin-Catalogue

Title and author catalogues for Chinese works (accession 1986 - ca. 2003). These were the basis for the electronical catalogue and are now in their entirety contained in the EA-OPAC.

Alphabetical Title and Author Catalogue of the East Asia Department

This catalogue registers East Asian materials of the accession years 1951 to about 1986 (with addenda). Wade-Giles romanisation was used for this catalogue which (excluding the addenda) exists also in printed format (cf. III.).

Old House-1-Catalogue

Registers holdings up to 1945. Includes also the catalogued Chinese materials from the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek (East Berlin); separate title and author catalogues.

Handwritten and Printed Catalogues

The first printed catalogue of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin's institutional predecessor's holdings was produced by provost Andreas Müller. It lists a small collection of 24 Chinese titles. It was attached as a single sheet of paper to Müller's scholarly piece on the question of the solar eclipse when Jesus Christ was crucified.

The "other part" (der „Andere Theil“) of this catalogue appeared in 1683, containing but 5 titles, including, however, an extensive list of contents of the Chinese historical work Zizhi tongjian 資治通鋻.

Other historical catalogues preserved are those authored by both Klaproth, and Schott who in turn also list just a selection of the actual inventory, Klaproth's work even wanting of the shelfmarks.

Postdating Schott’s catalogue is the East Asia Department's oldest handwritten catalogue in bookform. It was started in 1847 and continued until about 1913, listing all Libri sinici shelfmarks (Libri sin. 1 to 1603). These are followed by shelfmarks Libri sin. N.S. ("Neue Sammlung," i.e., new collection), with Libri sin. N.S. 2049 having been assigned to a title which was accessed in 1939.
In East Germany (former DDR), the Libri sin. N.S. shelfmarks were continued, partly by directly continuing (Libri sin. N.S. 2050 to 2417), partly starting anew with 10000 (Libri sin. 10001 to 12639), at which under nos. 12500 to 12639 are registered periodicals. With the exception of these periodicals shelfmarks, the Libri sin. and the Libri sin. N.S. shelfmarks are contained in the old House-1-Catalogue (cf. above) for user reference.
In West Germany, the Libri sin. N.S. shelfmarks where initially continued with nos. Libri sin. N.S. 9000. But after just 20 numbers had been assigned, they were changed to pure numerical shelfmarks. These are listed in the alphabetical title- und author catalogues, and are being successively integrated into the East Asia Department's OPAC. As for those segments of holdings that have not yet been catalogued, such as the Otto Franke library, the shelfmark Libri sin. N.S. will be continued in the 9000-range. These titles are listed in the EA-OPAC only.
The historical printed catalogues as well as the manuscript catalogue volumes of the historical holdings of the East Asia Department have been digitised and are linked below.
This list is complemented by two more historical catalogues or, respectively, library references, in bookform, to the Chinese- and Manchu-language holdings. The first of these is the "Register of Chinese Manuscripts and Printed Works in the Library of Dr. Friedrich Hirth („Verzeichniss chinesischer Manuskripte und Druckwerke aus der Bibliothek des Dr. Friedrich Hirth“) which was purchased by the Prussian State Library in 1890. The second is the catalogue of the Peking Collection („Pekinger Sammlung“) of 1911. Titles registered in these bookform catalogues are today, however, only partly preserved in Berlin.
Fragments of the Libri sin., Libri sin. N.S., of the Hirth Library and, the Peking Collection, are today in the Biblioteka Jagiellońska in Krakow, Poland. Many titles of the historical East Asia collection at Berlin and Krakow has been digitised in the projects SSG 6,25 digital and Berlin-Krakow. Digitasiation of further titles can be requested via CrossAsia DoD.

Müller, Andreas: Catalogus Librorum Sinicorum Bibliothecae Electoralis Brandenburgicae (Copy of the UFB Erfurt/Gotha).

Müller, Andreas: Anderer Theil Des Catalogi der Sinesischen Bücher / Bey der Churfürstl. Brandenburgischen Bibliothec, Zu Cölln an der Spree Anno 1683 / Auff Churfürstl. gnädigstem Special-Befehl in unterthänigsten Gehorsam Von Andrea Müllero Greiffenhagio. Churfürstl. Consitorial-Rahte und Probsten in Berlin auffgesetzt.

Klaproth, Heinrich Julius: Verzeichniss [Verzeichnis] der chinesischen und mandshuischen Bücher und Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin. Paris 1822 (Register of the Chinese and Manchu Books and Manuscripts in the Royal Library at Berlin. Paris 1822).

Schott, Wilhelm: Verzeichniss der chinesischen und mandschu-tungusischen Bücher und Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin: Eine Fortsetzung des im Jahre 1822 erschienenen Klaproth'schen Verzeichnisses. Berlin 1840.

Codices manuscripti et Libri Sinici = Old Collection (1847-1913; contains shelfmarks Libri sin. 1 to Libri sin. 1603; only titles marked with a red checkmark are available in Berlin; the left column records the appearance of a title in the catalogues of Klaproth (K) and Schott (Sch)).

Verzeichniss chinesischer Manuskripte und Druckwerke aus der Bibliothek des Dr. Friedrich Hirth (Register of Chinese Manuscripts and Printed Works in the Library of Dr. Friedrich Hirth) / Friedrich Hirth.

Katalog der Pekinger Sammlung (Catalogue of the Peking Collection; prepared in 1911) / Hermann Hülle.

Libri sinici. Neue Sammlung (1913 ff.) (Libri sinici New Collection; started in 1913) / [kept by Hermann Hülle] (1913 to ca. 1933; contains shelfmarks Libri sin. N.S. 1 to Libri sin. N.S. 1650; only titles marked with a red checkmark are available in Berlin, those marked with „K“ are located in Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, the whereabout of titles without mark is unknown).

Libri sinici. Neue Sammlung (1932 ff.) / [kept by Hermann Hülle et al.] (contains shelfmarks Libri sin. N.S. 1651-2049 (holdings up until ca. 1940; only titles marked with a red checkmark are available in Berlin), 2050-2417 (holdings of the [former East] German State Library of the DDR, Berlin, 1951 to ca. 1962).

Fuchs, Walter: Chinesische und Mandjurische Handschriften und seltene Drucke. Nebst einer Standortliste der sonstigen Mandjurica. Reihe: VOHD, Bd. 12,1. Wiesbaden 1966. (enth. u.a. Bestand der Staatsbibliothek Berlin).

Kraft, Eva: Japanische Handschriften und traditionelle Drucke aus der Zeit vor 1868 im Besitz der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Wiesbaden 1982.

Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Zeitschriftenkatalog der Ostasienabteilung. Bd. 1-4. Berlin 1978-1983.

Krempien, Reiner: Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Katalog der Ostasienabteilung. Hrsg. von . Bd. 1-19. Osnabrück 1983-1986.

Walravens, Hartmut (Bearb.): Libri Sinici. Neue Sammlung 1913–1945. Ein Bestandskatalog der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Reihe: VOHD, Bd. 12,6: Chinesische und manjurische Handschriften und seltene Drucke. Stuttgart 2009.

Unschuld, Paul Ulrich und Zheng Jinshen: Chinese Traditional Healing: The Berlin Collections of Manuscript Volumes from the 16th through the Early 20th Century. Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series, Vol. 10. 3 Bde. Leiden 2012.