Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library

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Authorized form of name

Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library

Parallel form(s) of name

  • 利銘澤典宬

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  • University

Contact area


Nicole Zhuohua Yang Primary contact



Street address

130 St George St.





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Postal code

M5S 1A5







Description area


The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library features a unique research collection on Canada-Hong Kong and Chinese Canadian studies. It provides resources and space to accommodate the continuous growth of research interest in Hong Kong, and its relation to Canada and other regions in the world. The Library has its roots in the Canada and Hong Kong Project in 1990; a project funded by a donation from the Donner Canadian Foundation and co-directed by Professors Diana Lary and Bernard Luk. With the generous support from Dr. Vivienne Poy, the Centre was relocated to the present location on the 8th floor of Robarts Library and officially named the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library in 2008.

The Library provides a wide range of information and research services in support of teaching, learning, research and other academic initiatives at the University of Toronto. Services include reference consultation, exhibitions, Hong Kong seminar series, Research Café, and Chinese Canadian seminar series, etc. The Library also serves as an important link between the University and the external community, through cultural and educational events involving Hong Kong immigrants and Chinese community organizations.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

The Library acquires, makes accessible and preserves comprehensive research collections of national and international significance, aiming to provide resources and space to accommodate the continuous growth of research interest in Hong Kong, and its relation to Canada and other regions in the world. It serves the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the University, as well as the general public.

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With approximately 80,000 volumes, including 2,500 periodical titles, 1,000 reels of microfilm, 7,000 newspaper clippings and an expanding collection of digital and audio-visual materials, the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library collection is the largest research collection for Hong Kong and Canada-Hong Kong studies outside of Hong Kong. The collection focuses primarily on Hong Kong, Canada-Hong Kong relations, and Chinese Canadians. Notable highlights of the Library's archival collections include research collections of Vivienne Poy, Bernard Luk, David Lai and Irene Chu, as well as multiple collections related to Cantonese Opera, a key aspect in the history of the Chinese Canadian community.

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Access area

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. Closed on statutory and University holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

The resources of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library may be used by all scholars and researchers, whether or not they are members of the University of Toronto community. A University of Toronto Library card is not necessary to access the collections, but onsite registration is required. Please note that some materials may have access restrictions in accordance with the wishes of donors or creators or restrictions under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please email or phone to schedule an appointment. Material need to be requested in advance.


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

Services area

Research services

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

Reproduction services

Researchers can use their own digital camera, phone or iPad to copy records (such as photographs and documents) in the designated reading area within the Library. Prior to scanning, researchers will be asked to sign a form that says that they agree to the terms and conditions under which they are allowed to scan.

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Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

130 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
CA M5S 1A5