Korean Studies

Korean Studies Library Grants

The University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies annually awards grants for scholars to travel to the U-M Asia Library.  These grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are intended to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize the Asia Library's collection.  The competition for the 2010-2011 academic year is closed, but announcements of future grants will be made here.  

Previous Korean studies grant recipients:


Catherine Ryu (Michigan State University)
Sungjo Kim (University of Toronto)

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East Asian Language Searching in HathiTrust

HathiTrust is a large-scale digital library developed by the University of Michigan Library together with several other major libraries.  It includes the U-M books scanned as part of the Google Books Project as well as other materials digitized here and elsewhere.  This vast digital collection includes a significant number of books in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, but searching the full text of East Asian books requires a few caveats. 

First, a note of caution:  the system by which the HathiTrust's computers recognize words within the collected books works more smoothly with European languages than with East Asian characters.  Although the accuracy of search results vary wildly among various texts, searching the full texts of the books within the HathiTrust corpus can still have some utility.  Second, some books within the HathiTrust are available in full text and others are not.  In cases where the full text is not accessible, HathiTrust will display a list of pages on which search terms appear. 

When searching in Chinese and Japanese, separate individual search terms with quotation marks and a space.  For example, when searching for books that include terms for "feudal" and "system," use ‭"‬封建" "制度‭"‬ in the full-text search bar.  If, however, you want to search for books in which "feudal system" appears as a complete phrase, input ‭"‬封建制度‭".  This will return a much smaller number of results, providing instances in which all four characters are connected in the text.

When searching in Korean, the quotation marks are unnecessary.  Searching for "literature" and "research" separately, you can simply enter 문학 연구 into the HathiTrust search bar.  To search for "literary research" as a phrase, type 문학연구 without spaces.

Please direct any questions about using HathiTrust in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean to Mari Suzuki in the Asia Library.

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Korean Collections Consortium of North America


The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) is a cooperative collection development program for Korean studies resources, funded by the Korea Foundation.  Through this program, Koreanists at any North American institutions can have access to Korean scholarly materials for their teaching and research via free inter-library loans (ILL).  Established in 1994 with 6 founding members, the program aims to develop and share comprehensive Korean Studies collections in North America.  University of Michigan joined the program as the 10th member in 2003, and the membership continued to grow to 14 prominent academic libraries by 2013.

Details of Support

The Foundation provides annual funding toward the purchase of books and materials to expand the Korea-related collections of member libraries.  Each member library is responsible to develop in-depth research-level collections in their assigned subject fields of Korean studies and make them available freely through ILL to any Koreanists in North America.  Books and other materials related to Korean Studies are entered into the catalogs of the OCLC and other region-wide library networks in North America and are made available for shared use by all Korean Studies scholars and students in the region.

Assigned Subject Fields (University of Michigan)

  • Auto industry
  • Historiography
  • Democratization
  • Reunification questions (1945- )
  • Labor relations
  • Publications on Korea and Koreans published in Japan
  • Publications on Korea and Koreans published in Detroit and Midwest area

More information about the grant can be found at the Consortium site and the Foundation site.

Member Libraries

  • Columbia
  • Duke
  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Stanford
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • Univ. of British Columbia
  • Univ. of Chicago
  • Univ. of Hawaii
  • Univ. of Michigan
  • Univ. of Southern California
  • Univ.  of Toronto
  • Univ. of Washington
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Contact information

For general information about Asia Library, here's contact information;

  • Phone: 734-764-0406
  • Fax: 734-647-2885
  • E-mail: asialibrary@umich.edu
  • Mailing: 913 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

For collection information and bibliographical assistance in specific areas and languages, or to make purchase suggestions, please contact a subject librarian;

For a full list of Asia Library staff and their detailed contact information, please click here.

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About Asia Library - Japanese version





     21世紀に入ってからも、アジア図書館は全米の東アジア・コレクションの発展に大きな役割を果たしています。東アジア三ヶ国語によるオンライン・リソースへのアクセスは大幅に拡張されました。また、ミシガン大はグーグル・ブック検索プロジェクトに参加している大学の中で、最初に大量の東アジア文献をデジタル化しました。この大規模なプロジェクトによって作成された電子図書の多くは、現在、共有オンライン・デジタル書庫Hathi Trust(ハティ・トラスト)で利用・検索可能です。デジタル時代は新しい課題をもたらしましたが、ミシガン大アジア図書館の職員は、学内および学外の東アジア研究コミュニティーに対して、これからも質の高いサービスを提供し続けられると確信しています。

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About Asia Library - Korean version

    미시간 대학교 아시아 도서관은 북미 소재 도서관 중, 동아시아 관련 연구 자료를 다량 소장하고 있는 기관 중의 하나로 손꼽힌다. 2012년 6월 통계에 의하면, 약 785,000권의 한/중/일 단행본 및 2,100종의 정기 간행물, 그리고 80,000종의 마이크로 자료를 소장하고 있으며, 동아시아 언어로 된 방대한 전자 자료 또한 제공하고 있다.

    동아시아에 중점을 둔 교육 과정은 1936년 동양학 프로그램 (현재 아시아 언어 & 문화 학과)이 설립되면서 시작되었으며, 중국학과 일본학은1940년대 후반과 1950년대에 급속도로 성장하였다.  1947년에는 카네기 협회와 록펠러 재단의 후원으로 미국내 최초의 일본학 연구소가 세워졌으며, 중국학 연구소는  포드 재단으로부터 받은 5개년 지원금으로 1961년에 세워졌다.

    일본학 연구소가 설립된 지 일년 후, 미시간 대학교 도서관은 “극동 도서관”이라는 새로운 분관을 설립하여, 초기 10년간은 일본학 자료만을 중점적으로 수집했다. 1940년대 후반에는 교수진의 도움으로 일본 시코쿠의 공립 도서관으로부터 18,000권 이상의 책을 구입했는데, 다양한 주제로 된 전쟁 전 자료와 귀중본이 포함되어 있었다. 중국학 장서는, 당시 규모면에서는 작았으나, 중국학 연구에 필수적인 자료들이 전집 위주로 구비되어 있었다. 1950년대 초반에는  장서 50,000권을 확보하였고, 독립된 열람실과 서고를 갖춘 도서관으로 거듭 성장하여, 마침내 1959년에는 “아시아 도서관”으로 승격되었다. 초대 관장인 유키히사 스즈키 鈴木幸久 (1961-1969)와 2대 관장인 웨잉 완 萬惟英 (1969-2003) 재임시에는 북미에서 가장 방대한 동아시아 자료를 소장하고 있는 도서관으로 성장 발전하였다.

    아시아 도서관은 최근 10년 사이에 새로운 도약기를 맞이하였다. 1995년 한국학 연구소의 설립을 계기로 미국내 최초의 3개국 동아시아 제휴 연구소가 설치되어 있는 대학이 되었으며, 교육 과정 또한 점차 확장됨에 따라 한국학 자료를 취급하는 전문 사서직이 만들어지게 되었다. 국제교류재단, 도서관 경영진, 그리고 미시간 지역 한인 사회의 적극적인 지원에 힘입어, 한국학 컬렉션은 급속도로 발전되기 시작했다.

    1990년의 또다른 괄목할만한 변화는 디지털 자료로의 변천이다. 아시아 도서관은 이용자에게 전자자료를 제공하는 선두적인 역할을 해왔다. 90년대 후반까지 상당 수의 한/중/일 CD-ROM을 구비했으며, 이용자들의 편의를 돕기 위하여 북미 최초로 동아시아학 컴퓨터 랩을 설치하였다. 또한, 1994년 4월에는 독자적인 웹사이트를 개발하였는데, 이는 동아시아 관련 자료를 집중적으로 제공하는 최초의 다중 언어(한/중/일) 사이트였다.

    21세기에 들어 서서도 미시간 아시아 도서관은 동아시아 콜렉션 개발에 주도적인 역할을 하고있다.  3개국어로 된 온라인 전자 자료가 대폭 확장되었으며, Google Book Project참가 기관 중에서 동아시아 자료를 대규모로 디지털화한 최초의 도서관이 되었다. 이같은 대규모 디지털 프로젝트로 만들어진 방대한 e-books는 현재 Hathi Trust를 통해서 이용할 수 있다. 미시간 대학교 아시아 도서관은 디지털 시대에 발맞추어, 동아시아학 연구자들에게 최상의 서비스를 제공하는데 만전을 기할 것을 약속드린다.

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About Asia Library - Chinese version






    進入21世紀以來,亞洲館繼續在東亞圖書館的發展事業中扮演一個領導的角色。在綫電子資源的數量得以大大擴充。在參加Google Book項目的各圖書館中,本館首先提供了大量東亞書籍進行數字化。此一項目中產生的許多電子書籍已經可以在Hathi Trust數字圖書館中開放供瀏覽或檢索。儘管數字化時代也帶來空前的挑戰,亞洲圖書館的職員們堅信自己在未來的歲月中會繼續向密大内外的東亞研究學者和學生們提供高質量的服務。

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About Asia Library


As one of the largest East Asian language collections in North America, the Asia Library provides scholarly resources in various formats to patrons at both U-M and other institutions to support East Asian studies.  Located on the 4th floor of Hatcher Graduate Library (North), the Asia Library Reference room houses a collection of encyclopedias, language and subject dictionaries, maps, bibliographies and indexes, and many other essential reference materials in East Asian and western languages.

The information below is also available in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.    

     The Asia Library of the University of Michigan is one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian materials in North America. As of June, 2012, the Library holds about 785,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monographs, 2,100 currently received serials, and 80,000 titles of materials in microform. The Library also provides access to a large number of electronic resources in all East Asian languages.

     Academic programs with a focus on East Asia started at the University of Michigan in 1936 with the establishment of the Oriental Studies Program (now the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures). The late 1940s and 1950s witnessed a rapid growth of both Chinese and Japanese studies programs at Michigan. In 1947, with the support from the Carnegie Corporation and Rockefeller Foundation, the University established an interdisciplinary Center for Japanese Studies, the very first in the country. The Center for Chinese Studies came into existence in 1961 and received a five-year grant from the Ford Foundation.

     A year after the establishment of the Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan Library created a brand new branch called Far Eastern Library. The first decade of development of the collection focused on Japanese resources. In the late 1940s, with the help from the faculty, the Library purchased over 18,000 volumes from a local public library in Shikoku, Japan, which included pre-war Japanese works on all subjects, as well as some rare books. The Chinese collection, though relatively small at the time, included essential primary resources in large sets. In the early 1950s, the Far Eastern Library grew into a 50,000-volume collection, and had its own reading room and stacks. In 1959, the name of the Library was changed to Asia Library. Since the 1960s, thanks to the leadership provided by Yukihisa Suzuki 鈴木幸久 (1961-1969) and Weiying Wan 萬惟英 (1969-2003), Michigan’s Asia Library has remained the largest East Asian collection between the east and west coasts.

     During the last ten years of the 20th century, Asia Library entered a new era of development. With the establishment of the Korean Studies Program in 1995 and later the Center for Korean Studies in 2007, the University of Michigan became the nation’s first institution of higher education to have an interdisciplinary center for each of the three East Asian countries. As the academic programs expanded, the Library created a professional librarian’s position for Korean materials at the dawn of the new century. With the support from the Korean Foundation, library administration, and the local Korean community, the Korean language collection began to develop at a full speed.

     Another significant change brought by the 1990s was the transition to digital resources. Michigan’s Asia Library was one of the pioneering East Asian collections in providing electronic resources to its users. By the end of the 90s, a large number of CD-ROMs in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean had been acquired by the Library. To make these resources accessible, the Library created the very first East Asian studies computer lab in North America. In April, 1994, the Asia Library also launched its own web site, one of the first multi-language web sites dedicated to East Asian studies.

     Entering the 21st century, the Asia Library continues to play a leading role in the development of East Asian collections. The Library’s access to online electronic resources in all three East Asian languages has greatly expanded. Among the institutions that joined the Google Book Project, Michigan was the first to provide large numbers of East Asian books to be digitized. As of June, 2012, more than 80% of Asia Library's print holdings have been digitized, many of which are now also available for reading or searching through Hathi Trust, a shared online digital repository. Although the digital age has also brought unprecedented challenges, the staff of the Asia Library at Michigan is confident that they will continue to provide high-quality services to the East Asian studies community at the University of Michigan and beyond in the years to come.

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