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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. Cambridge uses a unique classification system for East Asian books. Other collections within the UL and other Cambridge libraries include various works related to Korea that the Korean collection itself does not actively acquire, such as works translated from the Korean or textbooks and other works about the Korean language.

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

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.

Contact us

Korean Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road Cambridge

Tel. 01223 333155