The majority of the holdings of the East Asia Department are recorded the Online Catalogue of the East Asia Department (EA-OPAC) and StaBiKat 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. They will successively also be integrated into the EA-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.
The main tool for searching the holdings of the East Asia Department is the EA-OPAC of the East Asian collection. The EA-OPAC documents all new acquisitions since 1951. 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, Southeast, and Central Asia in western languages, materials in Southeast Asian languages, part of the Central Asian collection, as well as periodicals in Asian languages (such as newspapers, journals, yearbooks). 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), the inter library loan service for materials in Asian languages. Catalogue entries of electronical media usually provide links for direct remote access (requires log-in).
Zeitschriftendatenbank - ZDB
Journals, newspapers, and other periodicals such as yearbooks, can also be searched in the periodicals database ZDB. Titles are recorded in original script and with romanisation. The ZDB is being produced and maintained cooperatively by some 4,300 libraries, documenting all holdings of periodical materials in German and Austrian libraries.
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.
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 titles in Chinese and the modified Hepburn system for titles in Japanese. This catalogue (excluding the addenda) exists also in printed format.
Registers holdings up to 1945. Includes also the catalogued Chinese and Japanese materials from the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek (East Berlin); separate title and author catalogues.
We recommend to search for title in Chinese in simplified characters. For rare books and titles acquired since 2015 search in traditional characters is possibly as well. Hanyu-Pinyin is used for romanisation, please search syllable for syllable.
The retro-conversion of the card catalogue is almost completed. Thus Japanese titles are recorded in the Online Catalogue of the East Asia Department (EA-OPAC) in original script. Please use the normal Japanese writing system with kanji and kana (kanji kana majiribun) for searching. A search in Latin Romanisation (rōmaji) or katakana does not cover all records. In the case of collections (e.g. ○○資料集, ○○全集, ○○選集) in many, but not in all cases, the contents are catalogued on the level of single titles. About 95% of the titles in the pre-modern collection are registered. The cataloguing of several bequests and private collections is still in progress. In case of inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In addition the majority of the Japanese titles can also be searched in the database Cinii Books (https://ci.nii.ac.jp/books/) provided by the National Institute for Informatics (NII, Tōkyō). The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is appears there under her Japanese name ベルリン国立図書館. By using an ident number, the so called Library ID/図書館 ID, it is possible to narrow a search down to the collection of a single library. In case of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin this ident number is: fa02157x.
The Central Asia collection covers titles in Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur, Kyrgyz and Kazakh languages. A large part of the collection (more than 21,500 titles) consists of titles in Mongolian. Most of these titles were published after the Second World War, both in Mongolia and in China (Inner Mongolia). Some titles are in Cyrillic and Mongolian script. The romanisation of the Mongolian script follows the Balk-Janhunen romanisation.
More than 17,800 titles are recorded in Tibetan. These publications are from China as well as from Tibetan exile areas in India and Nepal.
More than 5,200 titles in the Uighur language have been documented in the catalogue up to now, and those in Cyrillic script will be added soon. More than 690 are in Kazakh, and Kyrgyz titles will also be added soon. Most of the titles in these three languages come from Xinjiang and are available in Arabic script.
Please note: For titles from Nepal and Bhutan as well as Central Asian titles in Turkic languages which are available in Cyrillic script, please contact the Oriental Department (Research areas: Ancient Oriental studies, Indian studies, General Oriental studies, South Asian studies, as well as Iranian studies, Turkology, Central Asian studies).
Romanisation and Transliteration
You may choose between two options: Staatsbibliothek Local Lending and the Blauer Leihverkehr (BL).
Furthermore you may use all other kinds of inter-library loan facilities like Subito or International inter-library loan services (cf. Access and Services).