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Collection Guidelines: Japanese: Scope

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Japanese language and literatures collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).



For Japanese Language and Literature, current UW curricular and research emphasis is on the 14th to 21st centuries. For History, Political Science, Sociology, Art, Architecture, and Anthropology, current emphasis is on the 21st and 20th centuries. As for Religion, it goes back to 6th century.


Almost all material is acquired from Japan. When the needed item is unavailable in Japanese market, the search is extended to the United States and Europe.


Materials are acquired first and foremost in the vernacular language, Japanese. However, English language materials on Japanese language and literature may be acquired.


Books, periodicals, media (primarily DVDs and audio recordings), online databases, microfilms (for some antiquarian material and archival collections), maps, and some manuscripts and realia.


Not acquired: Comic books as well as translation of Japanese books unless requested by graduate students or faculty members for their research or teaching or some exceptions (award winning titles, etc). 

Non-cash Gift

Any gift books that meet the scope above are welcome.