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National Library of China (Beijing)
Shanghai Municipal Library
Universities Service Centre
Review in The China Journal, January 2016: The Research Value of the USC’s Library Resources
Library of Congress (LOC)- Asian Reading Room
Stanford University - Green library
Stanford University - Hoover Institute
University of California Berkeley - East Asian Library
Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek)
Description This library subscribes to numerous popular databases (ChinaMaxx, Renmin ribao, CAJ, Chinese Cultural Revolution Database) and comes with a wonderful feature – it's all available remotely through a single login to the CrossAsia website. There is also a solid collection of official periodicals in Chinese and English from the 1950s and 1960s. Hard copies of materials can, however, sometimes be difficult to locate in the online catalog and the stacks are closed, so it often take a few days for a request to be fulfilled. It's best to request these materials online ahead of time. Photocopiers at the library are all relatively new and allow books to be scanned face up, with multiple options for positioning the pages and re-scanning items, and the ability to save as PDF directly to an inserted USB stick.
Access Requires an affiliation with a German university, proof of address within the city or country, and an annual payment of 30 euros. There is also a monthly pass option for a smaller fee. For short research trips it may be possible to register using a local address, though I have not confirmed this. The head East Asian librarian, Matthias Kaun, has a strong background in Chinese history and is an excellent person to contact ahead of time.
Leiden University East Asian Library
Access: Requires an affiliation with Leiden University to check out materials, but one can freely use the library's reading room and reference books, which include popular yearbooks and, e.g., editions of “Who's Who in Communist China” over the years. Librarian Alice de Jong has a strong background in China studies and is an excellent person to contact ahead of time.