“The Hidden Treasures” – Chinese Rare & Special Collections at Asian Library

zhi yan zhai Date: June 13 to September 30, 2016 (hours)
Location: UBC Asian Centre Foyer (1871 West Mall, Vancouver)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Asian Library has the largest Chinese collection in Western Canada. For decades, it has served the needs of local and international students, faculty and scholars. It features a rich collection of ancient Chinese language materials that are not fully described, including many books, manuscripts and hand-written copies from Ming  Dynasty. For more information about the Chinese Rare and Special collections at the UBC Asian Library, please visit http://guides.library.ubc.ca/rarechinese/specollection

During the past few years, the library has invested considerable resources in digitizing and cataloguing Chinese ancient rare books. Funded by Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Mellon Foundation, the library is gradually revealing the previously hidden rare collections at UBC, so that they can be accessible to scholars worldwide. For more information about the CLIR Hidden Collection Project, please visit http://guides.library.ubc.ca/c.php?g=307429&p=2050152

Han wei liu chaoFor this exhibition, we selected 14 Chinese rare books from our collection, including books about Chinese classical literature, politics, philosophy, history, geography, and art.  These rare titles are all important works in the field of Chinese studies. The display brochure can be viewed here.

By preparing this exhibit, we are hoping to invite more students and scholars to use our distinguished Chinese rare collection. We welcome your comments to preserve and promote these Chinese heritage treasures.

Please contact the Chinese Language Librarian Crystal Yin (crystal.yin@ubc.ca) with any questions or thoughts.

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