Library of the Faculty of East Asian Studies

Note on the current corona situation

(Last update: 04/22/2021)
The library will remain closed until further notice.

You can return borrowed books by mail or drop them off at Issuing Location 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 and 4 pm.

Starting November 2020 we offer a Moodle course for students and staff* of the Faculty of East Asian Studies - there you will find tutorials and have the opportunity to ask questions in the forum.

From 27.04.2020 we offer a scanning service in cooperation with the University Library. Further information can be found here.
From 26.05.2020 we participate in the book order service of the UB. You can make appointments on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons via the appointment booking. To do so, select "Buchbestellung aus der OAW-Bibliothek" when making your booking. The loan period for newly borrowed books is two months until we resume regular operations.

It is still only allowed for members of the faculty to borrow books from our collection, provided they have a library card. If you do not have a library card, you must apply for one before ordering a book. As it is currently not possible to apply for a library card on site, you can now do so by e-mail. Please send us the completed and signed user application form as a scan/photo and a current certificate of enrolment via e-mail. When you pick up the books, please bring the original application form and your ID card with you.

Note on CrossAsia: Currently, simplified rules for registration and renewal apply.
For registration or extension please send us the completed and signed form by mail or e-mail. We will then stamp it and forward it to the Staatsbibliothek.

When searching for literature, please also take note of the collecting offers of various publishers collected by the UB, the databases compiled under the Subject-specific information as well as our own overview of online resources, which now also includes some Japanese journals that can be accessed online.
General information on how to use the RUB libraries from home can be found here. The UB has also started a channel with information videos on YouTube.

Keep Calm & Stay Home!

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00-18:00
  • Friday: 10:00-16:00
  • Between Terms
  • Monday-Friday: 10:00-16:00


  • University Library, 4th floor, section 1


  • Address for packages
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Bibliothek der Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
    Gebäude UB 4/1
    Universitätsstr. 150
    D-44801 Bochum
  • Address for correspondence
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Bibliothek der Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
    Gebäude UB 4/1
    D-44780 Bochum
  • Phone: 0234 / 32 - 2 61 88

Services and Collections

  • Reference library
  • 225,838 volumes, 315 current journals
  • Library identifier: 294/15


  • Michael Schütte, M.A. (Head librarian)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 28 09 2
    Fax: +49 (0)234 32 14 30 0
    UB 5/20
  • Hua Offenberg, B.A. (Chinese Studies)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 22 34 2
    UB 5/18
  • Jimi Nam-Osterkamp, MA LIS (Korean Studies)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 22 34 2
    UB 5/18
  • Sarah Sauer, M.A. (Japanese Studies)
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 28 87 6
    UB 5/17
  • Student and Research Assistants
    Phone: +49 (0)234 32 26 18 8
    UB 4/1

Library News

Attention: Please follow the RUB's advice on the current coronavirus situation