Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

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Authorized form of name

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • East Asian Library


  • University

Contact area


Elizabeth Carroll Primary contact



Street address

130 St. George Street, 8th Floor





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Postal code

M5S 1A5






Description area


The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is proud to be the intellectual and cultural centre of the academic community for East Asian and Asian Canadian-related studies and programs at the University of Toronto. Working with our collections and communities, our librarians and library staff continue to work to support research, teaching, and learning at the university and beyond.
As of late 2013, the University of Toronto Libraries has collaborated with a number of members of the Japanese Canadian community in an effort to collect and preserve archival materials related to the history of Japanese Canadians -- more specifically related to the Japanese Canadian internment and redress. Recognizing the existence of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, as well as the Library and Archives of Canada, both carriers of national mandates, the University of Toronto Libraries concentrates on collecting materials with a strong Toronto focus. The main determining factor was the acceptance of donations of redress materials from many Japanese Canadians who had been uprooted and built their post-war lives in Ontario. Toronto became a centre for redress activism, and many leading figures of the movement were Toronto residents. Keeping the materials that tell the stories where they originated aligns with the donors' wishes of preserving the materials locally.
Materials were previously held by both the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Media Commons Archive. For Japanese Canadian collections predominantly containing media material, please contact the Media Commons Archive.
To learn more about our Library holdings, please visit

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

To acquire, preserve, and make available records from prominent Japanese Canadians. This includes, but is not limited to records related to the Japanese Canadian internment and redress.

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Finding aids, guides and publications

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Opening times

Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm, by appointment only. Closed on statutory and University holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Please email or phone to schedule an appointment. Material must be requested in advance. Researchers will be required to complete a Researcher Registration form.


Please contact the Library if you have any concerns or require special assistance.

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Research services

We are happy to discuss your research and help you locate archival sources.

Reproduction services

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Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

130 St. George Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
CA M5S 1A5