We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.

Harvard-Yenching Library

Today: Virtual Only


The most comprehensive East Asian collection of any American university. We hold Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Western materials.

  • Rare and ancient books
  • Digitized scrolls and maps
  • Local Chinese gazetteers
  • Minority language materials
Open to Harvard ID holders.


As of 2018, the Harvard-Yenching Library's collections exceed 1.5 million volumes, including over 900,000 Chinese, 400,000 Japanese, over 200,000 Korean, 30,000 Vietnamese, 55,000 Western languages, 4,000 Tibetan, 3,500 Manchu, and 500 Mongolian. The library also holds many rare and special collections, many of which have been digitized and are available to view on HOLLIS.

Research Guides

Using the Library

Special Collections Requests
Submit scanning requests for special collections to us through our new online request portal.

Notice: Lending to Non-Harvard Institutions 

Following recent operational changes, Harvard-Yenching Library (HMY) now provides Interlibrary Loan services to other institutions via Widener Library Resource Sharing (HLS). Read more about submitting requests

The Harvard-Yenching Library publishes several series, including bibliographical, studies, and reprint series.