• Institute for Chinese Studies

    Access to the Institute for Chinese Studies is via these steps.

  • Welcome to the Bodleian Chinese Studies Library

    located in the basement of the Institute for Chinese Studies.

  • Welcome to our reading room




Mon. - Fri. (1st - 8th weeks) 09:15 19:00
Sat. (0th - 8th weeks) 10:00 13:00

Sun. closed.


Mon. Fri. 09:15 - 17:00
Closed Sat. (except 0th week) and Sun.


Bodleian Chinese Studies Library
151 Walton Street

Please, note that swipe card access through the front door and into the Bodleian Chinese Studies Library does not work in the last five minutes before closing.

The Bodleian Chinese Studies Library is moving to the new China Centre in the Dickson Poon Building in the grounds of St Hugh's College off Canterbury Road in July, 2014. The Library's name will change at the same time. Details are as follows:

Library's new name: The Bodleian K B Chen China Centre Library.

Last day of opening in the Institute for Chinese Studies in Walton Street: Friday 4th July, 2014.      

Planned first day of opening in the new China Centre: Monday 4th August, 2014.  For new location, see plan below. Entrance is from Canterbury Road only.


Please, note: Readers will not be able to physically access the library's collections during the closed period - 5th July to 3rd August inclusive.

Information for readers

Welcome to our reading room. Click on image for more information.

Ask a CSL Librarian

Framed Chinese letter

Click on image for Chinese language e-resources 

CSL shelves

A view of our reference shelves. Click on image for information about collections.

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