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The East Asian Reading Room may be used by any member of the Library but is intended primarily for those wishing to consult material from the JapaneseChinese and Korean collections.

It is part of the Aoi Pavilion, which was opened in March 1998 and named in recognition of a generous benefaction from Mr Tadao Aoi. In addition to the East Asian Reading Room on the first floor, the Aoi Pavilion contains the Library's collections of JapaneseChinese and Korean material in two bookstacks on the Ground Floor and Basement (mostly open access), together with a Seminar Room and offices for the staff of the Library's Japanese and Chinese departments.

Contact us

East Asian Reading Room
Cambridge University Library
West Road 

Dr Kristin H. Williams (Head of Japanese & Korean Department)
Tel: 01223 333155

Dr Yan He (Head of Chinese Department)
Tel: 01223 333038

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday

9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 5:10pm)


9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 16:50pm)


9am to 4:30pm (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30pm to 2pm, after 4:45pm (4:30pm Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 3pm on Friday, for transfer to the Manuscripts Reading Room for consultation.