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East Asia Library: Using the Peking University Library

Using the Peking University Library

A. Access to most Yale electronic resources is available from Beida (Peking University)

Technical issue

Legal / license issues

  • Access is only available to Yale students and faculty (need Yale NetID to set up)
  • Systematic downloading is prohibited
  • Some database providers may not even allow off-campus access

B. PKU library's electronic resources

Available to both Beida students as well as Yale students in Beida

May be customized for Chinese speakers and less friendly to English speakers

C. PKU library services

Online catalog:

  • Including the records of all print materials since 1990 and most print materials between 1985 and 1990
  • Search interface and record display in Chinese
  • Key terms were translated into English--see the attachment
  • Online renewal available
  • Placing hold for items online

Main Library Opening hours

  • Building: 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Closes at 5p.m. on Sat.)
  • Circulation and Main Reference: 8am to 10pm, Mon-Fri
  • Some reading rooms and services: 8 to 11:30am and 1 to 5pm (lunch break)

Stacks access

  • Open stacks for newer (1990s-) books
  • Closed stacks for older books (need to fill out request slip and wait for staff retrieval)

Circulation policy

  • Loan period: one month for books;
  • Online renewal available

Course reserve

  • Use in the Course Reserve Reading Room, usually no checkout

Interlibrary loan

  • Can get books from other Chinese libraries
  • May take too long to request books from American libraries


  • Self-service available
  • Different fee structure for foreigners (not sure if this applies to the Yale people in this program)

D. Staff support in the Yale Library

  • Types of support: reference inquiry, document delivery, technical issues
  • Contact Tang Li (tang.li@yale.edu) in the Yale East Asia Library


Translation of the key terms in the online PKU library catalog