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Special Collections

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The Library has some of the most outstanding antique maps and rare books collections in East Asia.

Core Collections

Antique Maps
History of Science
Lin Papers

Our collections include also Maps of China from the late Qing Dynasty-to 1949, thread bound books and other pre-1949 Chinese material, works about China and the Far East by western writers from 1500s to 1949, Fine Reproductions of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy.

Consult our digital collections online at the Rare & Special e-Zone or visit us in the Special Collection Reading Room (by appointment). The Special Collections Gallery periodically displays thematic selections of our items. To request reproductions from our collection, fill our Image Reproduction Request.

Special Collections in the Media

The Hong Kong Economic Journal profiled our University Librarian and Digital Scholarship & Archives Manager, highlighting the Library’s special collection of Antique Maps of China. Read the interview and a fascinating highlight on our most remarkable piece — an antique map featuring the first Jesuit church in China. 

Western Maps of China Project

Thanks to the generous contribution of Dr. Ko Pui Shuen, the Library started a research project in 2017. Read more.

Contact Us

Phone (852) 2358-6783
Fax (852) 2358-1043
Hours Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 5:15 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed


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last modified 21 February 2024