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We now have full access to Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980.

This resource makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan during one of the most turbulent and defining periods in Chinese history. It includes diplomatic dispatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events and diverse other materials, providing unprecedented levels of detail into historical events that shaped modern and contemporary China. Topics covered include the formative periods of Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Party, the Civil War and the Long March, the War against Japan, Communist Revolution and  the foundation of the People’s Republic, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the Reform and Opening up.

Bodleian KB Chen China Centre Library

inside the China Centre libary

Photo courtesy of St Hugh's college


The library, which currently holds over 50,000 volumes (not including periodicals), functions as a teaching collection. It comprises western works on most aspects of China except art and archaeology; a selection of texts in Chinese relevant to the courses offered; and a reference section of works (in all languages) concerned with China and the Chinese diaspora.

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Bodleian K B Chen China Centre Library,

University of Oxford China Centre,

Dickson Poon Building,

Canterbury Road,

Oxford OX2 6LU

Opening hours

Term time

Mon-Fri (1st-8th weeks) 09:00-19:00
Sat (0th-8th weeks) 11:00-14:00
Sun closed


Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00
Closed Sat (except 0th week) and Sun