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East Asian Library (Cheng Yu Tung)

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130 St George St, 8th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A5
416-978-3300
ref.eal@utoronto.ca

Library hours

September 5 - December 20, 2017
holiday hours and closures / food services
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
9am-7:30pm 9am-7:30pm 9am-7:30pm 9am-7:30pm 9am-6pm 12pm-5pm Closed

 

December 21, 2017 - January 2, 2018
The library is closed during the UofT Christmas/New Year holiday period.

 

January 3 - May 3, 2018
holiday hours and closures / food services
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
9am-7:30pm 9am-7:30pm 9am-7:30pm 9am-7:30pm 9am-6pm 12pm-5pm Closed

Closures:
Monday February 19 (Family Day)
Friday March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

 

About the library

The East Asian Library collection began with the purchase of a Chinese scholar’s library, the Mu library, by an Anglican Bishop of Toronto, William C. White in 1933. The H.H. Mu Chinese Library was set up in 1935. Japanese publications were added to the collection in 1961, and the Korean Studies collection was started in 1979. The name of the library changed several times. In 1990, the library was renovated and greatly expanded due to a generous donation made by Dr. Cheng Yu Tung. Thus, in 1991, the East Asian Library was renamed the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library in honour of this donor. Currently, the library’s print publications include over 600,000 volumes. The materials are mainly in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan, with some materials in our reference collection in western languages as well. The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is one of the foremost resources centres for China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet Studies in Canada and North America.

Collection strengths

The East Asian Library mainly covers studies of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Tibet, and Asian Canadian (Chinese Canadian, Japanese Canadian, Korean Canadian) with special focus on the humanities, social sciences and the history of science and medicine.