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Cambridge University Library


The Korean collection in the 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 was initially part of the Japanese collection and contains a sizeable number of Japanese publications related to Korea.

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.

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 transferring of items between 12.30 and 14.00 and after 17.00 (after 16.45 on Fridays). No fetching or transferring of items Saturdays. On Saturdays non-borrowable items can be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Contact us

Dr Kristin Williams
Head of Japanese and Korean Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road 

Tel. 01223 333155