The East Asian Library has a strong Chinese collection in many subject areas, with more than half of its volumes and serials relating to Chinese studies.
The library's Chinese collection has strengths in the areas of archaeology, religion (especially Buddhism), folklore, pre-modern history, classical literature, and fine arts. Currently, special efforts are being made to strengthen local historical materials and statistical yearbooks. Due to space constraints, not all materials in this collection are housed in the library; more than one-third of the collection is stored in the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).
The Chinese materials are cataloged using standard Pinyin Romanization systems. For user convenience, following are concise conversion tables of Pinyin Romanization with other systems.