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HCL Presents Collection to China's Sun Yat-Sen University Library


Left to right: Professor Cheng Huen-wen, University Librarian of Sun Yat-sen University Libraries; James K. M. Cheng, Librarian of the Harvard-Yenching Library; Professor Huang Daren, President of Sun Yat-Sen University; Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College; and Professor Chen Ruzhu, Vice President of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, and Professor Cheng Huan-wen, director of Sun Yat-Sen University Library, Guangzhou, China, have signed a formal agreement to transfer a significant selection of Harvard's Hilles Library collection to Sun Yat-Sen University in June 2005. Developed over a century, the collection is composed of titles in the humanities and social sciences, primarily in English, but also in Western foreign languages.

HCL's decision to reconfigure Hilles from a full-service operation to a small reading library came in 2004, largely because the HOLLIS holdings closely replicate those of Lamont Library, which is the University's primary undergraduate library. HCL will retain unique titles and disperse valuable duplicates in the collection to other libraries throughout the University; 28,000 volumes will stay in Hilles, and the remaining 158,000 volumes, which make up a strong, coherent collection, will go intact to Sun Yat-Sen University Library. Through contact with East Asian librarians at Harvard, the Chinese library early on expressed interest in the collection because of the need to strengthen its holdings in Western-language materials.

Located in southern China, Sun Yat-Sen University, also known as Zhongshan University, is one of the preeminent universities in the country. The Chinese Ministry of Education has designated Sun Yat-Sen University Library as one of seven repositories in the country for documents of higher education.

"In the year marking the 80th anniversary of Sun Yat-Sen University, the Harvard College Library is honored to establish this association with the gift of the Hilles collection. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen authored the University's motto, 'Study extensively; enquire accurately; reflect carefully; discriminate clearly; practice earnestly.' It is in this spirit that we make this gift and welcome a strong relationship between these two libraries and institutions," Cline stated.

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