What is in the North Korean serials collection? How can I access it?

The Library of Congress has 300 serial titles from North Korea dating back to 1948. 

The Korean Collection in the Library's Asian Division has 300 serial titles from North Korea dating back to 1948. There is a digitization effort in progress and currently 8 titles, comprising 340 issues published between the years 1948 and 1964, are available online.

How to access North Korean Serials online

  1. Browse the North Korean Serials digital collection online
    This digital collection provides access to one of the most significant holdings of North Korean serial publications in the world. Upon completion of this digitization project’s initial two-year phase, the collection will comprise 146 serial titles in over 4,200 issues published through 1964.
  2. Search in the Korean Serials database
    Under "Browse," click the "North Korean Serial List". From the title you are interested in, click the "LCCN" link When you see the Library cataloging record, click the "LC Online Catalog" on top. From there, you will see the issues held by the library.
  3. Search the North Korean Serials Indexing Database
    This database allows you to search using article titles, subject, article keywords, publication date, and publisher. Also you can browse by article by title, authors, subject, keywords, and Korean keywords.

In addition to serial publications, the Asian Division hold numerous monographs from North Korea. These and all other print resources are available for use in the Asian Reading Room. To learn more or ask a question about North Korean collection, use our Ask a Librarian service.

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