Western-language collections

Collection description

Stanford's Western-language collection on East Asian studies is housed in Green Library and SAL. It covers general Asia, general East Asia, and most disciplines on China, Japan, and Korea.

As of September 2015, holdings on East Asia in western languages included approximately 86,000 monographs, with roughly 1,000 titles added per year. The library subscribes to more than 250 Asia-focused serials and government serials in addition to worldwide population and other censuses as available. Green and SAL hold at least another 250 non-current serials on East Asia. Newer and more frequently used materials are kept in Green, Stanford’s main library; others could be paged from SAL1/2, an on-campus storage facility that actually opens to public (for shorter hours), and SAL3, an off-campus facility.

In addition to the Green/SAL collection that covers the gamut of interests from political, economic, social, to military conditions and events, more specialized campus libraries may also have relevant holdings. These include the Art Library, the map collection in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, the Cubberley Education Library, the Graduate School of Business Library, the Crown Law Library, and the Music Library.

Stanford has extensive sources for in-depth research, primarily databases and microfilmed U.S. and British government archives dealing with political, diplomatic, social, and economic issues in China, Japan, Korea, etc., from the early nineteenth century onward.

Southeast Asian studies is also an area that Stanford collects. The collection, mostly in English, concentrates on economics, modern history, politics, women's studies and Islam. There is very limited number of materials in French, German and Italian languages. In addition to print materials, Stanford houses important documentary titles, usually on politics and social movements. Historical newspapers published in countries like Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand during the 1950s and 1970s are gems of the Stanford Southeast Asian collection. Newspapers are stored at a Newark facility and could be paged to the East Asia Library for in-house use.


Reference contact and recommending library purchases

For reference help with Western-language sources or to suggest Western-language titles for purchase, please contact: 

Joshua Capitanio

Joshua Capitanio

Curator for East & Southeast Asian Studies
Curator for Religious Studies Collections
Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library
(650) 683-5766

Research and topic guides

SearchWorks is always a good place to start your research. It provides catalog access to all Stanford library materials. The following topic guides may assist in your research needs:

East Asian studies