This collection consists of materials in Chinese in traditional and simplified characters, largely housed in Van Pelt Library-Dietrich Library Center on the fifth floor. The rest of the collection is spread among the Libraries, most noticeably in Fisher Fine Arts Library, the Penn Museum Library, Lippincott Library, and the LIBRA storage facility.
The focus of the Chinese collection is on the humanities and social sciences, supporting faculty and students across the School of Arts & Sciences (East Asian Languages & Civilizations, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Linguistics, Music, History and Sociology of Science, Anthropology, and Archaeology departments), the Weitzman School of Design (Architecture, City Planning, Fine Arts) and other schools at Penn. We collect a wide range of materials, from primary and secondary sources to graphic novels and comics and contemporary fiction.
The East Asia Seminar Room houses more than 3,600 reference books in East Asian studies and more than 50 unbound core academic journals in Chinese and Japanese. These materials are non-circulating, though East Asian Studies professors and graduate students may borrow items with the Chinese or Japanese bibliographer's special written permission.