A Digital Library of Chinese Rare
Books: A Collaborative Digitization Project of the Asia
Division of the Library of Congress, the East Asian Library
and the Guest Collection of Princeton University, the Harvard-Yenching
Library of the Harvard College Library, and the Fu Ssu-nien Library
of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica(2007-2009)
The collaborative digitization project, sponsored by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Program, includes four participating libraries: the Asian Division of the Library of Congress, The East Asian Library and Gest Collection of Princeton University, The Harvard-Yenching Library of Harvard University, and the Fu Ssu-Nien Library of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Library of Congress provides 295 titles (96,030 images) of unique/rare materials on the Chinese Classics, including Wang-Fu Chao Ben and Qing Ren Bie Ji. （booklist） East Asian Library of Princeton University provides 171 titles (97,020 images) of the ancient Chinese medical books, Ming Qing Bie Ji, Ming Dynasty compilation of literary anthologies, and other Chinese rare materials. （booklist） Harvard-Yenching Library provides 275 titles (96,138 images) of the unique or rare Chinese materials. （booklist） Fu Su-nien Library provides 196 titles (96,469 images) of special collections on the Ming Dynasty Chronicles and the Qing Dynasty Local Gazetteers. （booklist）
The project is based on the existing digital system that Fu Su-nien Library developed. Digital images and metadata were created by each participating libraries.
Besides preserving of the rare books, this project aims to provide users with an open resource of information and to promote cultural exchange. The project is coordinated by and housed in the Fu Su-nien Library. The database officially opened to the public, free of charge, on June 9th, 2011.