Asia plays a pivotal role in the world. In recent years, Taiwan and Asian countries developed close relationships. Therefore, the knowledge and cognition of Asian culture, art, language and characters are essential. However, the books and resources in the university libraries in these fields are very scarce. With regard to the long history of our department of humanities and the newly established International Studies and Education for Overseas Chinese, the NTNU library high light the collection of books and resources on Asian studies.

In the early years, the library made Asian research materials an emphasized collection development. The repository includes a limited number of Japanese rare books like "日本印刷需要家年鑑", "入道右大臣集", etc. In order to enrich the Asian research materials, the NTNU invested tens of millions in Gernot Prunner’s private library and purchased 18,000 titles in August 2007. With these rare and precious books, the NTNU library built up a feature collection and opened up a new world for Asian research.


〈Diagram of the data analysis〉

Collection Features

1. Abundant and great amount of resources

The Gernot Prunner’s private library has an unparalleled collection of Asian culture, art, and ethnic themes. The NTNU library purchased 14,799 titles with 18,701 copies from the library. The books on East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Tibet) accounts for the majority in terms of quantity, and then follows by the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

2. Wide geographical distribution

Comprehensive collection includes the near east, middle east, the Islamic world, central Asia, Siberia, Far east of Russia, Mongolia, Indian subcontinent, South East Asia, and East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Tibet). Collections on ancient Greece and Rome, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas are covered.

3. Wide range of languages

The collection covers a wide range of languages, including English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and some languages used in Indochina and Sanskrit. Prunner’s collection sufficiently shows a European intellectual’s preference and interest in oriental issues or regions such as India, Tibet, and Mongolia. Therefore the collection in the field is comprehensive.

4. Featured subject collection

Art collection accounts for the majority. There are also quite collections of literature, fiction, fairy tales, customs and traditions, rituals, philosophy, mythology, traditional opera, paper cutting art, urban and rural area and so on. Moreover, there are some dictionaries on languages used in Asian or minority nationalities. The feature collection has a great contribution to cultural studies, art and sociology research and teaching.

Collection lists

Resource type Name of the type Number of categories Number of volumes
Part I 古代希臘、羅馬 The ancient world 1434 1958
Part II 近東、中東、伊斯蘭世界 The near & middle east; The Muslim world 1037 1256
Part III 西亞、中亞(高加索、西伯利亞、俄羅斯的遠東、蒙古) Western & central Asia (including the Caucasus, Siberia & the Russian far east; Mongolia) 1191 1503
Part IV 印度(次大陸)、東南亞 The Indian: the sub-continent & southeast Asia 3155 3909
Part V 東亞(中國、日本、韓國、西藏) Eastern Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Tibet) 6296 8097
Part VI 非洲、大洋洲、美洲 Africa, Oceania, the Americas 1264 1376
Part VII 參考資料 General reference works 259 332
Part VIII 補遺 Addendum 163 270
  Total 14799 18701
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