There are more than 40 titles of Cong shu (series). Three of the general Cong shu provide good coverage of the whole sphere of traditional Chinese learning.
The Chinese collection is strongest in classical literature, especially poetry of the Tang period. Modern literature has had strong growth in recent years. Emphasis is placed on the author's original works rather than studies and critiques.
In relation to history, there are various editions of all the official histories. These are complemented by series of historical source material. Emphasis is on the Ming and Qing period.
The East Asian Collection also has a collection of Nian pu (chronologoical biographies), as well as a complete set of Buddhist and Taoist writings. Lei shu (Chinese encyclopaedic works) are represented in the collection.