Fung Library


Fairbank Center Collection of the H. C. Fung Library, Harvard University

In 1961, the Fairbank Center established its own library of social science materials focusing on the rise of the Chinese Communist Party and contemporary China and Taiwan.

This unique collection of materials, under the direction of librarian Nancy Hearst and with assistance by Charlotte Cotter, is an invaluable resource to the community of China scholars. Specializing in difficult-to-find Chinese-language publications, including statistical sources and unpublished documents, these materials complement other collections at Harvard in the field of Chinese Studies. The library currently holds approximately 30,000 volumes, about half of which are in Chinese.

The Fung Library brings together the libraries of the former Coolidge Hall, including the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Library, the Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan, and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Library, under the aegis of the Social Sciences Program of the Harvard College Library. Holdings focus on international politics, foreign relations, foreign policy, economics, sociology, and political science of the respective areas and regions.

Available Resources


The Fung Library Fairbank Collection annually acquires a wide range of publications, documents and other materials previously unavailable to the West. In 2015–16, the library made notable advances in making research materials available for the benefit of faculty, students and researchers on China. Acquisitions, obtained primarily during trips to Beijing by the librarian, continue to reflect the patron-focused responsiveness that has always been a hallmark of the collection.

For a list of new English and Chinese-language acquisitions, please click hereopens PDF file .

For a list of new acquisitions on Hong Kong, please click hereopens PDF file .

The Fung Library also subscribes to 150 periodicals and newspapers in Chinese and English for use by researchers. Please opens in a new windowclick here for a full list of periodicals held by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Collection. The entire collection is also searchable online in opens in a new windowHOLLIS (Harvard Online Library Information System).

Research, Instruction, and Outreach

In teaching, research support and outreach efforts, the Fung Library continues to support both internal and external collaborations, many of which achieve notable success.

Visiting the H.C. Fung Library

The Fung Library admits all individuals who hold a current Harvard ID, or an opens in a new windowHCL Special Borrower Card.

The library also provides access to its stacks to students, faculty, and researchers of other universities, colleges, and research centers who present a current institutional ID, letter from their faculty, passport, or other official form of ID.

Non-Harvard affiliates can inquire about their eligibility to use the libraries at the opens in a new windowLibrary Privileges Office, Widener Library.

All library users are subject to the terms of the opens in a new windowHCL Patron Agreement, which is posted in student handbooks, and available at each HCL library.

Opening Hours

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Address and contact information:

  • Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
  • H. C. Fung Library
  • CGIS Knafel Building
  • 1737 Cambridge Street
  • Cambridge, MA 02138


Support the Library

Ellis Joffe Book Fund

Long-time friend of the Fairbank Center, Professor Ellis Joffe, Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, passed away on January 27, 2010 at his home in Jerusalem. In recognition of Professor Joffe's contributions to the study of contemporary China, his friends and colleagues established a book fund at the Fairbank Center for the Fairbank Center Collection in the Fung Library. A book plate with the wording "The Ellis Joffe Book Fund" and the seal of the Fairbank Center will be inserted in all books purchased from this fund.

Donations may be sent to Sarah Gordon, Director of Finance and Administration, Fairbank Center, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Checks should be made payable to "Harvard University" with the notation “Ellis Joffe Book Fund” in the check memo area.

For more information about the book fund, please contact Librarian Nancy Hearst, email: hearst@fas.harvard.educreate new email.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies