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University of California Santa Barbara: East Asian Library

General Information

Facility: University of California at Santa Barbara East Asian Library
Address: East Asian Library, UCSB Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 893-2365
Hours: Hours of operation
About the library:

Founded in 1967, the East Asian Library supports the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department, as well as research. Its materials focus on Chinese-, Japanese-, and Korean-language items.

The East Asian Library is located in the fifth floor of the Davidson Library.

For more information on the Japanese collection, please contact Seiko Tu at 805-893-2365 or by email.


UC Santa Barbara allows access to hundreds of databases, including seventeen under the Japanese Studies subject heading and 47 under the East Asian Studies subject heading. All databases can be accessed on-campus at UCSB, however nearly all of them are restricted to on-site access only.

Resource & Facilities

Arts Library

Davidson Library

East Asian Library

Minimal amounts of Japanese materials are available in several other libraries on the UCSB campus, including the Ethnic & Gender Studies Library and Sciences-Engineering Library.

Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of January 2014 the East Asian Library contained about 85,000 items of which nearly 23,000 are in Japanese. The East Asian Library collection focuses primarily on Chinese and Japanese resources. It does not include arts, music, or science and engineering materials, as these are contained within their respective libraries.


Online catalog:

Online Resources

University of California Santa Barbara faculty and staff develop subject and course guides that are then hosted on the website (link above) by UCSB. These include research guides, area guides, arts, engineering, language & literature guides, and more.

How to Use the Facility


Those outside the faculty, staff, or student population of the University of California Santa Barbara are free to use materials within the libraries free of charge. Some special collections may require a photo ID to access. To borrow any materials, a library card is required. For Non-UCSB borrowers, a library card is $100 a year. For non-UCSB borrowers who are UCSB affiliates, library cards are $25 a year. For more information, please visit the library card webpage.

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