To support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery. As area studies specialists, we strive to make specialized, individual connections between researchers, students, and library collections and services.
What We Do:
We are responsible for selecting library materials on and about Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. We actively seek input from faculty and students. You are invited to recommend an item for purchase or contact the librarian responsible for your subject to discuss collections.
We provide reference and research consultation – Area Studies Librarians are available to meet with you for in-depth reference and research consultations. You may contact Subject and Area Studies librarians by e-mail, telephone, or visiting our offices and web pages.
Teach students how to do research – We provide library learning experiences tailored to specific OSU undergraduate and graduate courses. We work with instructors to gather relevant resources and introduce students to appropriate research methods.
Who We Are:
East Asian Studies:
As part of the Ohio State University Libraries' East Asian Collection, the Chinese Collection was established around 1964. With holdings of more than 160,000 volumes of books, plus microfilms, journals, newspaper, and materials in electronic format, this collection serves the teaching and research needs of OSU faculty and students in all disciplines, it is also open to the public, provides interlibrary loan service to all libraries through OhioLink, CIC and OCLC.
The Japanese language collections comprise resources supporting research in various fields of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as the professional fields. Recent activity has focused on establishing access to Japanese language newspapers and databases, but printed books and journals continue to be collected. Special areas of strength in the Japanese language collections complement interests of Ohio State’s faculty in Japanese studies: linguistics, Japanese language pedagogy, Japanese literature, Buddhism, Japanese religion and philosophy, history of Japanese art, history of science and technology in Japan. A large collection of manga complements the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum holdings and includes many old and rare examples of Japanese cartoon art. Japanese company histories are another feature of the collection, reflecting the large number of Japanese companies operating in the state of Ohio. English language materials about Japan are collected intensively as well. The Rare Books Department houses some Japan-related resources, including a complete set of the art magazine Kokka (published since the 19th century), papers of Japanese-American poet Toyo Suyemoto (who had been interned during World War II), and archival collections of two anthropologists who worked in Japan (John W Bennett and John B Cornell).
The Ohio State University Korean Collection holds about 5,000 Korean language materials with a particular emphasis on Language and Literature. It includes some 3,300 monographs, 800 serials, 100 audiovisual materials and various art works, plus two comprehensive electronic databases. This collection is open to the public and provides interlibrary loan service to all libraries through OhioLink, CIC and OCLC.
The OSU Thompson Library maintains one of the largest East European and Slavic studies collections in the world. If you are doing study or research on Eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union or any of the Slavic languages and literatures, various services are available for you from the EES office. In addition, the staff can help you with questions you may have in relation to religious studies, the history of Christianity, or Modern Greek.
Work in progress.
The Latin American and Iberian Studies collection at The Ohio State University is the premier resource in the state for study and research. Our materials and services are available to students and faculty at OSU, all institutions of higher education in the state, through OhioLink, and the public, through the OSU Friends of the Library organization. The collection includes 250,000 print volumes and hundreds of audiovisual materials directly or indirectly related to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula (primarily in the humanities and social sciences and, to a lesser extent, in the physical sciences and fine arts). We subscribe to over 200 current periodicals, reviews, journals, and magazines and offer access to hundreds of others through online subscriptions or open internet access.
José O. Díaz, Ph.D. Department Head and Librarian for Latin American, Spanish & Portuguese, and Latino Studies, 614-688-4649
The Middle East Studies collection at the Ohio State University Library contains over 100,000 books on the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa from the 7th century A.D. to the present; on the religion of Islam throughout the world; and on Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages and literatures. The bulk of this collection is at Thompson library but the Middle East Studies Department (MES) is responsible for the Middle East portion of collections in Fine Arts, Business and other libraries on campus.
Other Area Studies Departments:
- The University of California at Los Angeles Library Humanities, Social Sciences, Area Studies, and Ethnic Studies (contact list)
- The University of California at Santa Barbara Area Studies Collections
- Columbia University Libraries Global Studies
- Duke University Libraries International and Area Studies
- The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries Special and Area Studies
- The University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign University Libraries International and Area Studies Library
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Area Studies Department
- The University of Kansas Libraries International Area Studies Collection
- The Library of Congress Country Studies
- The University of Michigan Library Area Programs
- Michigan State University Libraries » Jon Harrison's Home Page » Grants and Related Resources » Grants for Individuals » Area Studies (not strictly speaking an area studies web page, but valuable none the less)
- Ohio University LIbraries Center for International Collections
- The University of Pennsylvania Area Studies Collections