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Overview of Physical Collections (As of December 2012)







General Books

6,314,759 volumes

General Ancient Books (including new thread-bound books)

1,656,753 volumes

Books Published in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Overseas

240,101 volumes

Braille Books

1,081 volumes


8,212,694 volumes

Foreign Languages

Western Languages (English, French, German, and others)

1,984,478 volumes

Russian (including Slavic languages)

634,510 volumes

Japanese and other Oriental Languages

1,079,155 volumes


3,698,143 volumes


Subtotal for Monographs

11,910,837 volumes



Chinese Periodicals (53,409 titles)

7,149,250 volumes

Foreign Languages

Periodicals in Foreign Languages (52,547 titles)

6,722,023 volumes


Subtotal for Periodicals

13,871,273 volumes



Chinese Newspapers (7,859 titles)

130,817 bound volumes

Foreign Languages

Newspapers in Foreign Languages (1,710 titles)

94,839 bound volumes


Subtotal for Newspapers

225,656 bound volumes

Special Collections


Rare Books (including Ancient Rare Books, New Rare Books, Rare Books in Foreign Languages)

334,141 volumes or items

Maps & Atlases in Chinese and Foreign Languages 147,013 volumes or items

Static Pictures (Photographs, New Year Pictures, Engineering Drawings, and others)

164,227 items

Documents on Epigraphs & Rubbings

316,993 items

Manuscripts & Letters

93,778 items

Documents in Languages of Ethnic Minorities

175,340 volumes or items

Dunhuang & Turpan Documents

21,823 items

Genealogies & Chronicles

65,043 volumes or items

Other Special Collections (including Deluxe Editions)

7,824 volumes or items

Dissertations and other Chinese Materials

1,361,068 volumes or items

Materials in Library Sciences

42,847 volumes or items

International Organizations and Government Publications

625,232 volumes or items


Subtotal for Special Collections

3,355,329 volumes or items



Microfilms & Microfiches

1,481,244 reels or fiches

Audio-visual Materials


Sound Recordings, Video Recordings, CD, Microgroove Records, MP3, LD, VCD, VHD, DVD

284,539 disks or cassettes

Electronic Publications


CD-ROM and others

66,243 items

Total (as of December 2012)

31,195,121 volumes or items

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