Die vornehme Dame Kuo-kuo und ihre Schwestern reiten aus, Li Gonglin (1049-1106)

Beauties on an Outing, Li Gonglin (1049-1106)

丽人行, 北宋李公麟 (1049-1106)

Weintöpfe in Shaoxing in der Provinz Zhejiang, darin fermentiert «Shaoxing-Reiswein»

Wine pots with Shaoxing wine in Shaoxing, Province Zhejiang


Huangshan, den Gelben Bergen, aufgenommen, Provinz Anhui

Huangshan, the Yellow Mountain in Province Anhui


Dorf Zhuge in der Provinz Zhejiang

Zhuge Village in Province Zhejiang


Jiayuguan, ein altes Festung im Westen der Provinz Gansu

Jiayuguan, an old fort in the west of Gansu Province


Chinesische Mauer etwa 150 km von Beijing entfernt

Great Wall,located about 150 kilometers from Beijing



CIUB Reference Library

Our institute provides a reference library with over 3,000 books and video materials.

The library is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 14 – 17.

We are continuously cataloguing our books in the IDS-Catalogue of the University of Basel.

Here you can find the already catalogued books for different categories:





Reference books



Window of Shanghai

The “Window of Shanghai” is a cultural exchange project based on book donations to overseas readers. Initiated in 2002 by the Shanghai Library, the “Window of Shanghai”, as an integral part of the “China Book International” (CBI), aims to introduce the Chinese culture and to promote the Chinese civilization and the charms of Shanghai by providing the overseas readers with more latest Chinese publications. Nowadays it grows into a project worldwide to have people’s interest get closer to library activities and enrich exchange in general and the Shanghai Library activities in particular, helping to strengthen the cultural bridges between all the nations that take part.

By the end of October 2016, the project has donated 93,274 volumes of books to 138 participating institutions, including public libraries, university libraries, school libraries, information centers, research institutes and so on, in 66 countries and regions all over the world.

The titles range from arts, economy, people, philosophy, literature, culture, folk traditions and history to nature, cookery, traditional Chinese medicine and architecture, of ancient and contemporary Shanghai and China. Most of them are published in either Chinese or English or both, with additions in French, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Vietnamese in order to fit the needs of readers of different mother tongues. All publications are acquired from the most recent domestic copyrights of Chinese publishing houses. Books on sinology, Asian or Chinese studies which published in Chinese only are gaining more popularity in recent years to suit the growing research demands abroad.

At present, the site offers a total of 10,059 e-books, 227 reference books, 30 titles of newspapers and 7,563 titles of Chinese digital periodicals, with two types of logon: IP authentication and authorization account. This new e-book service is designed to make faster and more convenient services for overseas readers to access the latest publications from China and enjoy the most advanced electronic reading experience. Since then, the “Window of Shanghai” donated books consist of both print and electronic books.