Library Resources

Library resources

Oxford is well equipped for research and study on China, but its library facilities are dispersed over several sites and you will need to learn how to find your way to the books and periodicals you need. All the university’s collections with holdings in Chinese are administratively part of the Bodleian Library system.

Most of the time you will find what you need in the The Bodleian K B Chen China Centre Library in the Dickson Poon Building. Although its foundation collection contains valuable research material on pre-modern China, the policy for some years has been to develop this library as a lending collection for undergraduates and graduate students. Apart from selected academic journals it also provides current newspapers from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in printed or on-line versions.

The Bodleian Library houses the main research collection of books on China, in Chinese and western languages. 

If you are interested in Chinese art and archeology, you will find the specialised collection on Chinese art at the Sackler Library  particularly interesting. It forms an integral part of the Ashmolean Museum collection on Chinese art.