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The Center for Korean Studies maintains a small reference library and reading room for the convenience of faculty, students, and visitors. The library supplements the Korean resources in the Asia Collection of Hamilton Library and, with the exception of its archives and manuscripts collections and art and material objects collections, does not hold material not also available in the much larger main library.
The library is located on the second floor of the Center for Korean Studies building at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. It is generally open for use during normal working hours, but assistance in using its holdings may vary depending on the availability of the student assistants who maintain the collection.
Most of the library’s collection is stored on closed shelves and will be retrieved by library assistants on request. The library’s holdings do not circulate. The catalog of the library’s book, audio-visual, and microfilm collections can be searched on line at ckslibrary.org.
The Center holds several collections of books and papers presented as gifts by individuals active in Korean studies. Among these are the libraries of University of Washington professor of Korean literature Doo Soo Suh; Smithsonian Institution anthropologist Eugene I. Knez; teacher and art historian Evelyn Becker McCune; U.S. government official Robert A. Kinney; dance and music performer and teacher Ch’ŏn-hŭng Kim; Center associate member Karl Moskowitz; and retired Center faculty members Hugh H.W. Kang, Yong-ho Ch’oe, and Judy Van Zile.
Among the Center’s major collections are the records of the Hawaii Tongjihoe, the Halla Huhm Dance Collection, the records of the 1993 and 2003 observances of the anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawai’i, and the McCune Collection, containing the papers of George S. McCune, George M. McCune, Shannon McCune, and Evelyn B. McCune.