Library of Korean Studies

Since the establishment of the AKS in 1978, the Library of Korean Studies has been supporting the research and education of Korean Studies with a collection of over 400,000 books and documents focused on Korean Studies held in the new library building completed in 1981. The library publishes a range of research materials and distributes them to research and educational institutions of Korean Studies in Korea and abroad. It is also active in collecting materials on Korean Studies published by other institutions, providing wider public access to data on Korean Studies through exhibitions of related materials.

Having grown into the hub of educational and research activities on Korean Studies, the library provides various support services for the faculty and students of the Graduate School of Korean Studies, such as loaning books for return, cross-loaning of books between libraries, sharing of electronic data, as well as providing research support, reading rooms, and educational courses. The library is currently expanding its services to the general public, assisting with the use of its reading rooms, access to research materials, and the information search system.

The library is home to a vast array of data consisting of about 400,000 books, antiquated documents numbering 2.3 million pages, its own publications of about 120,000 pages, and bibliographical references of classical literature numbering 6,000 pages. It has recently completed the digitalization of bibliographical information of the original texts incorporating images and audio materials and provides them online for anyone to view. The library also actively shares information and collaborating on various projects with other institutions, such as the National Assembly Library, National Library of Korea, and Korea Education and Research Information Service.

The Library of Korean Studies will continue to faithfully serve its critical role as one of Korea's leading “open libraries”, effectively adapting to the evolving academic environment and improving the quality of its services with new programs to meet the diverse and growing demands of the public.