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University of Cambridge : Needham Research Institute

Global Guide to Japanese Collections held at the University of Cambridge

General Information

The Needham Research Institute Library
8 Sylvester Road
CB3 9AF       
+44 (0)1223 311 545
+44 (0)1223 369 252
+44-(0)1223 362 703

Monday - Friday
10.00 to 16.30 

Important: Visits are by appointment only.

Sunday, Christmas and New Year, Easter, English Bank Holiday.



The Needham Research Institute is the home of the Science and Civilisation in China Project, and its mission is to create a wider understanding of the historical contribution of the people of China, Japan and Korea to the scientific and technical culture of humankind, through research, publication and public outreach.

Click here for more information about the NRI Library and its collection on East Asian History of Science.

Summary of Collection(s)

Notable Collection(s):

The Institute houses the East Asian History of Science Library. As a recognised global centre of study, the Needham Research Institute offers a unique collection of books and other published materials on the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia, and welcomes scholars from all over the world.

The NRI hosts regular talk during term times.


Online Catalog: Newton (supports CJK characters), Library Search (no CJK support), Library Search+ (support CJK characters, allow to search for articles, ebooks, and more), Janus (Archive catalog)

How to Use the Facility

The Needham Research Institute Library is a dependent institution of the University Library. The UL regulations and rules of conduct for readers apply at all times.

Visits are by appointment only and books may not be borrowed. It is advisable to contact the Librarian (Mr John Moffett) before planning your visit to the NRI.



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