About CCSL

The Center for Chinese Studies Library is a partner in the academic program of the Center for Chinese Studies. Established in 1957 to support the research and study of contemporary China, the CCS program operates under the auspices of International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley. With several, recent faculty appointments and a new building slated for construction, the Center remains dedicated to sponsoring a diverse array of colloquia, conferences, and panels on topics related to China for the campus and broader community.

"Negotiating the complexities of the twenty-first century will require increasingly sophisticated understandings of the dynamics of other societies -- and the regional and global political, economic, and cultural systems in which we live," explains David K. Leonard, Dean of International and Area Studies, in the IAS mission statement.

In keeping with this objective, the Center for Chinese Studies Library maintains an extensive collection of Chinese books, periodicals, newspapers, and reference materials for use by faculty and students as well as the public. We provide up-to-date facilities and resources for scholarly research, and an efficient, professional staff for consultation. As it prepares to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Library continues to serve as a bridge for expanding knowledge and awareness of contemporary China.