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University of Toronto: Cheng Yu Tung Library

Research access guide for the University of Toronto.

General Information

Facility: University of Toronto Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
130 George St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5
Phone: (416) 978-3300
Email: (Please replace # with @)
Schedule: Hours of operation

About the library:

Begun in 1933 with the acquisition of a 40,000-volume Chinese library, the East Asian Library incorporated a Japanese collection in 1961. The library moved to its current location in 1974, which was then expanded in 1990-1.

For more information on the Japanese collection, please contact Fabiano Rocha at (416) 978-2300 or by email.

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Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of March 2014 the library held approximately 570,000 items, of which nearly 200,000 are in Japanese. This includes both monographs and periodicals. The Japanese collection at the East Asian Library focuses primarily on philosophy, religion, history, literature, theater, fine art, government, economics, and folklore/anthropology.


Online catalog:


How to Use the Facility

Using the Collections

A UTORid is needed to access online services at the University of Toronto libraries. Visitors without a UTORid may use a LIRA workstation for full access to these resources after creating a temporary LIRA account at a LIRA kiosk. For more information, please visit the library's LIRA workstations webpage.

A valid TCard is needed to borrow items from University of Toronto libraries, including the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library. A TCard can be obtained at the TCard office in room 2122 of the William G. Davis Building. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may bring their admissions letter and a form of ID to obtain their TCard, while visiting scholars and guests must have a sponsoring department submit a request in writing to the TCard office. For more information, please visit the TCard Information page.


A photocopier is available for patron use behind the circulation desk. It accepts TCards or coins as payment. Please note that the East Asian Library does not provide coin change service, and requests that you bring exact change for the copier.

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