The George Washington University Library

Students and Visiting Scholars have access to the University’s excellent library and gallery resources. In addition to specialized libraries for law and health sciences, the Melvin Gelman Library is home to the University’s primary collections as well as several specialized document collections and the Slavic, East European, and Asian Reading Room. Students and Scholars also may access information online though the library’s website.

The Taiwan Resource Center
The Taiwan Resource Center offers a variety of publications and official documentation pertaining to Taiwan and cross-Strait relations. The Center, located on the seventh floor of the Gelman Library is open to both affiliated and non-affiliated patrons of the Gelman Library. Those affiliated with the library include all GWU and WRLC consortium students, faculty, and staff; Friends of the Library; and members of the Foggy Bottom Association. Individuals not affiliated with the University may call 202-994-7105 to arrange for access to the collection. All users are required to present picture identification to the main access desk before entering the Library.

The China Documentation Center
The China Documentation Center (CDC) was established in 2003 as a central repository of scholarly Chinese language publications concerning the military, national security, and foreign relations of the People’s Republic of China. With over 3000 Chinese language publications and some specialized English language studies, the CDC is the largest such repository of its kind in the world outside of China. The vast majority of publications in the collection are from the period since 1990, although it also contains materials from the 1970s and 1980s.

The Japan Resource Center
The Japan Resource Center (JRC) was established in 2005 to provide support for advanced study on Japan to The George Washington University community, especially those at the Elliot School of International Affairs as well as to the business circle and researchers of Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. JRC is built upon the collection of the Japan Economic Institute (JEI), a renowned non-profit research organization, which served as a key research point to the Washington area. The Gelman Library acquired all of the JEI’s collection, when it ceased its operation in October 2000, including an authoritative resource for current information on Japan’s economy, politics, foreign policy, and on US-Japan relationship.

Melvin Gelman Library
2130 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Tel: 202-994-6558

Area Libraries and Resources

The Library of Congress

Containing approximately 119 million items in virtually all formats, languages, and subjects, the U.S. Library of Congress is the single most comprehensive accumulation of human expression ever assembled. True to the Jeffersonian ideal, the collections are broad in scope, including research materials in more than 470 languages, more than 35 scripts, and many media. Of special interest to Asia scholars is the Library’s Asian Reading Room, the primary public access point for researchers seeking to use the Asian collections of the Library of Congress in the many languages of Asia. The reading room covers the area from the South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. With almost 2.7 million books, periodicals and newspapers, a large number of manuscripts, and electronic media, the collections are the most comprehensive sources of Asian language materials outside of Asia.

Library of Congress
Area Studies: Asian Division
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 150
Washington, DC 20540-4810
Tel: (202) 707-3766
Fax: (202) 252-3336

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Library
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPF-USA) is a non-profit, private foundation, dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Japan by providing a wide range of information on contemporary Japan. To help achieve this goal, the SPF-USA Library provides the public with access to recently published books, periodicals, and documents on present-day Japan. Key topics covered by the collection include business and economics, politics and government, U.S.-Japan relations, education, language, and society.

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Library
1819 L Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 296-8245
Fax: (202) 296-8272

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