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A Little Reminder about the RAS Shanghai Library…

Posted: January 14th, 2021 | No Comments »

I’m not always sure people are aware that the RAS runs a great and accesible library of China books and sources in Shanghai right there on the Bund….

The RAS China library houses a lovely collection of bookson China and Asia in English, some rare archival materials as well as the old journals published by the North China Branch of RAS that existed in Shanghai from 1857-1953. The library is on the 3rd floor of The House of Roosevelt on the Bund, in a room dedicated to the memory of Florence Ayscough, an extraordinary woman who was RAS librarian from 1907 to 1922. The library is a wonderful setting for study and research and to host some of our more smaller scale events.

The library is accessible to our members and guests during open hours as published on our website. Information on how to become a member is available at

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