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Cambridge University Library


The Korean collection in Cambridge University Library is part of the East Asian collection. It is located in the Aoi Pavilion, together with the Chinese and Japanese collections. The collection mainly supports Korean studies research and consists of books about Korea that are written in Korean, Japanese, or Chinese. The Korean collection itself does not actively acquire language textbooks, but readers may use iDiscover to find Korean language textbooks or dictionaries in the UL or other Cambridge libraries.

Although still relatively small, the collection has grown steadily since the 1960s. Significant Korean-language e-resources are now available thanks to the generous support of the Korea Foundation. Included in the print collection are a number of religious tracts dating back to the 1890s and other notable series received through the Satow and Aston collections. The Korean collection also contains some North Korean publications from the 1980s.

The Bible Society's Library, also located within Cambridge University Library, holds a large number of rare and early translations from the Bible into the Korean language.

Opening hours


9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-17:10)


9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-16:50)


9:00-16:30 (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30-14.00, after 16.45 (16.30 Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 15.00 on Friday, for transfer to the Manuscripts Reading Room for consultation.

Contact us

Dr Kristin Williams
Head of Japanese and Korean Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road 

Tel. 01223 333155