Korean Collection


The Yale Library has a growing collection of Korean materials, which primarily supports teaching and research needs of the faculty and students at Yale.  As Yale University has only a few professors who teach classes related to Korean studies, the Korean collection is developed on a highly selective basis with primary emphasis on faculty and graduate student requests.  

The Korean Collection is also responsible for collecting materials published in the field of Korean studies in the humanities published in North America, Europe, and other imprint areas outside of Korea.

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported

Art and archaeology, Buddhism, history, literature, language and linguistics, contemporary political and social issues.

Formats collected

The primary focus of the Korean collection is electronic resources. Areas include:

  • Major academic journals in full-text
  • Full-text reference sources and classical Korean works
  • Newspaper archives in full-text

The secondary focus of the Korean collection is print resources. Areas include:

  • Key reference sources in the humanities and social sciences
  • Monographs on Korean art and archaeology, Buddhism, history (with emphasis on the colonial and early postwar periods and some coverage of the Choson dynasty), contemporary political and social issues, literature, language, and linguistics.

Languages collected

Korean, English

Chronological and geographical focus

Later Imperial periods, Colonial, early post-war period, contemporary South Korea, North Korea 

Collaborations within Yale

Collaborate with Arts Library to develop collections in contemporary Korean art and architecture.  

Subject Librarian

Jude Yoonlim Yang
Korean Studies Librarian and Public Services Librarian for East Asia Library
East Asia Library
Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS)
(203) 432-1790