University of California at Berkeley C. V. Starr East Asian Library
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
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The East Asian originated with the deposit in 1896 of John Fryer's Chinese library. By the middle of the twentieth century, donations of 100,000 items from the Mitsui Library and the 8,850 volumes of the Murakami Library allowed the library to be ranked first in Japanese academic libraries in the country.
Constructed in 2007, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, where the collections are now housed, is the first freestanding structure built to house an academic East Asian collection on an American university campus. It opened to the public in 2008.
For more information about the Japanese Collection, please contact Toshie Marra at (510) 643-0656 or by email.
Funding by the East Asian Library, David Rumsey and Cartography Associates, this database includes over 1,900 images of some of the 2,300 early maps of Japan and the world held at the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.
The East Asian Library's collection of 150 sugoroku sheets is accessible online through this database, as well as through David Rumsey's website.
Until 2010 UC Berkeley was one of two depository sites for the National Diet Library of Japan. Since 2010 the Library of Congress has been the only depository in the US for NDL publications. As of July 2014 the UC Berkeley Japanese collection totaled 408,000 volumes and is the largest in the US after that at Library of Congress.
Please note: many of the old and rare books in the library's collections can be accessed through the 日本古典籍総合目録データベース (Nihon Kotenseki Sōgō Mokuroku Dētabēsu).
Online catalog: http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/
The library is open to public access, and most collections may be used on site. All faculty, staff, and students of the University of California Berkeley have borrowing privileges. Those connected with another University of California campus can obtain a Berkeley library card at the Privileges Desk, located on the first floor of the Doe Library. Proxy borrowers for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, or students, as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff, Stanford University faculty, staff, and graduate students, visiting and postdoctoral scholars, California state university and community college students, California public school teachers, UC Extension faculty and students, and others may be able to borrow books from the library. For more information, please see the Borrowing page.
All printing from a BookScan or public workstation in the UC Berkeley libraries must be paid for using the Cal 1 Card. Visitors may request a Cal 1 Card from the Moffitt Copy Center or from a public service desk in a library. For the varying costs of different sized black-and-white and color prints, please see the Printing and Scanning in the Libraries page.
The BookScan locations can store scanned pages on a flash drive as an alternative to printing.