The main strengths of the Chinese collection are in contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese society, economics, politics and literature, as well statistics and standard reference books.

English language materials for Chinese studies are held throughout the library. Archival materials and older newspapers are held on microfilm and microfiche. There is also a good collection of Chinese movies on video and DVD.

Many rare items on China have been acquired over the years, including a number of 18th and 19th century monographs and a collection of Chinese political posters from the 1970s.

Accessing the Chinese collection

Go to the Chinese studies subject guide for more detailed information about resources, including relevant databases, microforms, multimedia materials, journals, online resources, online tutorials, staff members and more. Use Search to find specific materials. For general searching use the Search “keyword anywhere” option and enter “China” plus other topic words that describe what you want. You can use the “Limit” function to limit your search results to Chinese language materials. Chinese language titles are romanised using the Pinyin system. The catalogue record for the item displays in both romanisation and Chinese script.