With holdings of about six million volumes, over 30,000 serial titles, and almost six million pieces in microform, the OSU Libraries constitutes one of the nation's major research libraries.The University Libraries provides ready access to local, state, national, and world library holdings via OSCAR (a computerized catalog of all OSU libraries that supports non-Roman character display and retrieval), OhioLINK (a statewide comprehensive library access and document delivery system serving over 600,000 faculty, staff, and students at Ohio colleges and universities), the CIC Virtual Catalog (the virtual electronic library of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Center (“Big Ten” universities) for Library Initiatives), and WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog).
East Asian Studies collections within the library have quadrupled since the early 1970s. In both size and scope of activities, the EAS collections rank among the top universities nationally. Special attention is given to acquisition of major reference works and standard sources, contributing to our status as a regional reference center. The library’s Chinese collection is strong in all aspects of Chinese literature and linguistics and in Chinese history, especially local gazetteers. The Japanese collection has strengths in linguistics, modern literature, history of science and technology, labor, and political economy. It includes an expanding collection of Japanese company histories, reflecting strong research interest in Japanese business at OSU, and it possesses rich resources on Okinawa in both English and Japanese through acquisition of the Leon K. Walters Collections in 1985 and 1992. The Korean collection has a particular emphasis on language and literature, with other significant holdings in rerence, philosophy, psychology, religion, geography, anthropology, recreation, social sciences, fine arts and agriculture. In conjunction with the University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum a broadly representative collection of manga is being systematically developed. The Chinese and Korean Studies Librarian and the Japanese Studies Librarian are actively involved in outreach, teaching, and learning activities through formal courses, reference and research services, and informal consultation.
Recognition of the East Asian Library’s strengths has resulted in an impressive series of outside grants to develop local collections and support technological advancement in the provision of direct access to domestic and foreign library resources. An endowment, the Gustavus and Sidney L. Basch Memorial Fund, currently provides over $40,000 annually for the acquisition of Japanese materials.