The Emperor’s College library supports the education, research and clinical needs of students, faculty, alumni and other health care providers. It is committed to the growth and development of strong academic resources for students and practitioners and aims to create a collection that reflects essential scholarship in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, western medicine and other forms of complimentary heath care.

Library Hours

Monday through Friday 9:30am – 6 pm

Saturday Closed

Open select Sundays

Library Holdings

The library holds and collects many titles and periodicals relating to acupuncture, Oriental medicine, western medicine, Eastern philosophy, complementary and alternative medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, massage and body work. Materials can be found in print, digital and audio-visual medium. The print collection currently contains over 2,900 volumes and 25 journal titles. Additional electronic journals are also available from the EBSCO Host full-text collection, which includes over 3,000 medical, nursing and allied health titles. The library also houses a special collection of Chinese language monographs and a collection of faculty publications. Required and recommended text books in the masters program are available in the reference section.

Library Equipment and Resources

The library houses a complete selection of herb samples to provide students additional opportunities to study and practice herb identification. The computer lab is equipped with five computer terminals, complete with word processing, internet access and printing, for student and faculty use. Class registration also takes place on the library computers.

Library Catalog

An electronic catalog of Emperor’s library resources and materials is available at librarything.com. The Library of Congress classification system is used for cataloging the collection.

Reference and Reserve Collection

A selection of books and materials that do not circulate are available in the Reference section. Many of these books are required and recommended course texts and may be used in the library without the use of a student ID.

Borrowing Privileges

Registered students with a student ID and current faculty are permitted to borrow library materials. A maximum of five (5) books may be checked out for two (2) weeks, a maximum of two (2) audio visual materials may be checked out for one (1) week. Books may be renewed once, provided they are not on hold, either in person, by email or phone. Reference and reserve materials can be used in the library only.
Alumni, health professionals, clinic patients and the general public are invited to utilize resources for furthering their education and understanding but cannot remove materials from the library.

Library Hold

A hold can be placed on a library item by students and faculty members. The library staff will hold and item for a maximum of two (2) days. Only two (2) items can be placed on hold at any given time. To request a hold, please contact the circulation desk at 310-453-8300 ext 116.

Fines for Overdue Materials

Books: $0.25 per day

Audio visual: $0.50 per day

*Weekends are included in the calculation of overdue fines. If an item is lost or damaged, there is a replacement fee of $15.00 plus the cost of the replacement item. Unpaid fines may result in a registration block or a delay in transcript processing or other administrative requests.