UC Berkeley Web Feature
C.V. Starr East Asian Library: Facts at a glance
16 October 2007
(Jonathan Reo photo)
- North of Memorial Glade and Doe Library, west of McCone Hall and south of the North Gate entrance, in the "classical core" of campus
- Four floors
- 68,000 gross square feet
- Regents'-approved capital improvement budget of $46.4 million
OPEN TO PUBLIC
- Early 2008
- With 913,729 volumes, one of the three largest East Asian collections outside of Asia, the largest collection on the West Coast.
- Outside of China, the world's largest repository of academic materials on contemporary China.
- The top-ranked Japanese holdings among American university collections.
- The largest collection of stone rubbings, some with inscriptions dating before the year 1000, among all research libraries outside of Asia.
- More than 100,000 rare or hard-to-find Japanese, Chinese and Korean imprints, including 2,500 early Japanese woodblock print maps.
- More than 11,000 volumes of Chinese rare books published before 1795, among them over 30 titles published during the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368).
- The Rare Korean Collection, with 200 manuscripts that are hard to find, even in Korea.
- Buddhist scriptures with a medieval manuscript written in silver and gold.
- Tibetan tantric texts that span 10 centuries of composition.
- A CD-ROM containing the complete histories of 25 Chinese dynasties.
- 4,405 current periodicals.
- Massive bronze screens, cast in China, on three sides of the building
- Exterior walls clad in granite slabs from China
- State-of-the-art multi-media room and an art history seminar room
- Rare book room and a periodicals reading room
- Green features include exterior screens to reduce solar heat gain, bamboo flooring, native plant landscaping and electronic lighting sensors
- UC Berkeley Capital Projects
- Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York City
- Tom Eliot Fisch of San Francisco
- McCarthy Building Companies Inc. of San Francisco