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East Asian Studies

This guide provides a general introduction to library and information resources for all those studying, teaching and researching on topics relating to China, Japan, Korea and other East Asian regions.

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS - 臺灣漢學資源中心)


The Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS - 臺灣漢學資源中心) is a partnership programme between the University Library and the National Central Library of Taiwan (NCL) with the strong support from the University and the department of Asian Studies in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. TRCCS was launched by Director of Library & University Collections Mr Jeremy Upton and Director-general Dr Tseng Shu-hsien of the National Central Library of Taiwan, in the Main Library on 22 November 2018.


The worldwide TRCCS project was first launched in 2012 by the NCL of Taiwan to promote international exchange and library collaboration in Chinese studies. We are the 3rd TRCCS partner institution in the UK after SOAS and Oxford, the 31st in the world and the 1st in Scotland.

Under the partnership programme, we received an initial donation, from the NCL,of nearly 1,000 Chinese books and DVDs recently published in Taiwan, and then a second donation of about 200 Chinese books last year. There will be further donations of several hundred books each year. In addition, the NCL has also offered us access to 11 digital resources published by the NCL itself and other academic institutions in Taiwan. The University Library (together with the department of Asian Studies) and the NCL of Taiwan will also co-host annual lectures on Chinese Studies, to be delivered by internationally well-known scholars in the topic field.

Our TRCCS is located in the front of the East Asian Studies Collection on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.

Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies

We believe that the TRCCS project will enable us to fill in a gap in our Chinese print and e-resource collections by systematically acquiring scholarly publications produced in Taiwan.  It will play an active role in our efforts to build our Chinese Collection into a national resource centre for Chinese Studies in Scotland.

TRCCS resources

The initial NCL donation of 748 titles of Chinese books and DVDs (948 items) on a wide range of subjects in arts, humanities and social science, recently published in Taiwan, have already been catalogued and made available for staff and students.

Highlights of the collection


How to find TRCCS items

Advanced search in DiscoverEd for shelfmark containing TRCCS for all types of items:

Databases made available under the TRCCS partnership programme

All listed in the Databases by Subject for East Asian Studies

TRCCS lectures

Recording of the TRCCS lecture held online hosted by the department of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the National Central Library of Taiwan on Wed 11 November 2020, entitled "A Distant Exploration of Literary Writings and Historical Documents in Classical Chinese" by Prof. Chao-Lin Liu of National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Chaired by Dr Christopher Rosenmeier of Asian Studies:

Announcements on upcoming lectures can be viewed in the News section of the NCL's TRCCS website: