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Jon’gyeong’gak (Library) was launched along with the opening of the Academy of East Asian Studies (AEAS) on March, 2000, with a view to lay a cornerstone for researches in the field of East Asian studies and the effective support for them. One of the nation’s major professional information and data centers devoted to East Asian studies, Jon’gyeong’gak (Library) has incorporated the old manuscript room of the Central Library of Sungkyunkwan University and the library of the Institute of Eastern Studies. The name Jon’gyeong’gak is derived from the nation’s first library which had supported the academic research of students of Sung Kyun Kwan for centuries. The original Jon’gyeong’gak was established at Sung Kyun Kwan in 1475 during the reign of King Songjong (1469~1494) in Chosun Dynasty.

Jon’gyeong’gak currently owns as many as 80,000 volumes of classical books and 10,000 other East Asian studies-related books and general materials. They include Song-hon (Lee Byong-hee) collections, Chung-jae (Kim Hwang) collections and 14 other kinds of private collections, which have been donated by private collectors. These collections are being spotlighted by academic circles due to the value of the contents and the historical and social prominence of original collectors. These materials are available to researchers, professors and students of Sunkyunkwan University, as well as other scholars who are visiting the university.

Encouraged by the concern of and support from Sungkyunkwan University, Jon’gyeong’gak plans to map out a five-year plan to expand the materials in the fields of Korean studies and Oriental studies. It plans to extensively buy or acquire classics, Korean literature-related materials and old manuscripts and others related to Sung Kyun Kwan. When the project is finished, Jon’gyeong’gak will be able to promote its status as a mecca of Korean studies and Oriental studies, and to acquire more support from outside and attract more gifted researchers.

Jon’gyeong’gak is carrying out its function as an information center for materials related to East Asian studies. It has constructed a data base holding a list of some 13,000 different books it owns, so that anyone can search for them by surfing on the internet at any place. Besides, anyone who is interested in classics can view 470,000 pages of ancient manuscripts on the web. Jon’gyeong’gak will further make efforts to get up-to-date academic information related to Oriental studies for future researchers. The institute will also support the activities related to offering academic accomplishments of the Academy of East Asian Studies (AEAS) to the outside, as part of its public relations projects. Jon’gyeong’gak will be reborn as an information and data center by constructing a network of original manuscripts and academic accomplishments of Korean studies and East Asian studies

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