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Cambridge University Library is open for limited services from Monday-Friday. Online registration is now available. Book a visit to view material in the Main reading room or a Special Collections reading room. Please read more about our phased reopening of the UL and Faculty and Departmental Libraries.

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Art and Film

Korean Art and Galleries around the world
Korean Film Archive (includes some full movies with subtitles)
Rakuten Viki (Korean and other East Asian dramas with optional subtitles. Movies available with premium subscription.)


Articles and Databases

A-Z Databases
Cambridge Core
DBpia (Nurimedia) See also the video DBpia User Guide in English.
KRpia (Nurimedia)

Citation Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies
RISS. Integrated search across Korean journals, dissertations, and theses. Free after registration.
Web of Science (includes KCI-Korean Journal Database)


Dictionaries and Reference Works

Glossary of Korean Studies
Naver Dictionaries
Toktogi (add-on for Firefox)
Toktogi (extension for Chrome)


Early or Rare Books

HathiTrust (Global Public Domain only)
KORCSIS: Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System
National Library of Korea Digital Collection
Rare Books of Korea (National Library of Korea Collection)


Full Text E-Books

Cambridge Core
Google Books 
Korea Foundation e-books
National Library of Korea Digitized Materials (Items restricted to 'Partner libraries' / '협약도서관' may be viewed inside the University Library's Japanese and Korean office. Please contact for more information.)
See also Cambridge iDiscover


Historical Archives

Digital National Security Archive (includes 'The United States and the Two Koreas' (1969-2000; Part II 1969-2010)
Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념박물관 역사물 관리소)
Korean History On-line (한국역사정보 통합 시스템)
Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies: Kyujanggak Archive Search
National Archives of Korea (대한민국 국가기록원)
National Institute of Korean History (국사편찬위원회)
UCLA Online Archive of Korean Christianity


Language Learning Resources

First Step Korean, Yonsei University on Coursera
italki (find language exchange partners & private teachers)
Language Centre, University of Cambridge (language exchange partner matching available)
Learn to Speak Korean 1, Yonsei University on Coursera
Talk to Me in Korean
See also Art and Film.


Library Catalogues and Guides

AMES Faculty Library: Korean Studies Selected Online Resources
Korean National Digital Library
National Assembly Library
Northwestern University LibGuide for Korean Studies
Cambridge University Libraries iDiscover (main search for books and e-resources)
Cambridge University Libraries e-resources (databases, articles & eBooks)
University of Michigan Research Guide for Korean Online Resources


Newspapers and Newspaper Archives

Factiva (articles from over 8000 publications in 22 languages. Select Korean in advanced search; defaults to search English only.)
Chosun Ilbo
Dong-a Ilbo
KINDS (Korea Integrated News Database, 뉴스 라이브러리)
Naver Digital News Archive
Uriminzokkiri (official North Korean news)
World News Connection (English translations of world news stories, 1995 to 2013 only)


UK or Europe Specific Asian Studies Information

British Library Korean Collection
UKIRA : UK Information resources on Asia

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