Japanese language, Libraries, Japan


Many academic collections of East Asian library material were begun less than two decades ago when the federal government enabled many universities to begin or augment educational programs in area studies. The collections acquired to serve these educational programs were subsidized with federal government monies and therefore grew fairly rapidly. The development of the East Asian collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) may be typical of many of the East Asian collections created in the early 1960's. Collecting East Asian language materials at UNC-CH began in earnest in 1964, and in the first five years 17,000 volumes were acquired. During the second five-year period (1970-1974), the volume count increased to 31,000 volumes, and at the end of the third five-year period (1975-1979) the collection contained over 40,000 volumes.