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The C. Laan Chun Library

The Asian Art Museum not only houses one of the most spectacular collections of Asian art in the United States it also has one of the more comprehensive research libraries on Asian art and culture in the country.
With nearly 43,000 titles and more than 230 active serial subscriptions, as well as auction catalogs, microforms, and photograph collections the C. Laan Chun Library Center has many materials, both rare and scholarly, not available in many of the local university and college libraries. Subject areas cover not only art but archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, history, philosophy, religion, folk culture, festivals and folklore, literature, the performing arts, and music, as well as some specialized materials on Asian science and medicine.

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The library’s collections are available to the general public by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For an appointment please contact library staff at 415.581.3692 or email the librarian at jstucky@asianart.org
Collections are non-circulating, but there is a photocopy machine in the reading room. Photocopies are $0.10 per page.

Clara Laan Chun

A member of the first docent class of 1966, Chun was a devoted user of the museum's research library. In 2003, with generous support from Chun's estate, the library in the museum's new building was established in her name and honors her enduring legacy.


Lead funding for the C. Laan Chun Library Center is provided by Society for Asian Art. Lead support for the ongoing digital conversion of library records is provided by Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Japan Foundation, and the generosity of individual donors.

Top image: Bamboo (detail), by Zheng Xie (Chinese, 1693-1765). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of Joseph and Nancy Wang in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hsin-Chung Wang, 1998.31.1. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.