Collecting for Asian American Studies is done through relevant subject funds rather than through a distinct Asian American Studies fund. Ethnic studies of all sorts is a high priority for the Penn Libraries, and consequently it has a strong collection of material supporting Asian American Studies. To supplement our local collection, BorrowDirect access to circulating collections held by Ivy+ Plus Libraries serves the essential purposes of filling gaps and providing second copies when Penn's are unavailable.
The Library has also purchased a robust collection of electronic primary and secondary source resources to support research relating to Asian Americans. Our collection of Videos in either DVD or streaming format also has been and remains robust, especially in areas supporting faculty research interests. Physical items supporting Africana Studies are mainly located in Van Pelt Library, but the Fisher Fine Arts Library and Museum Library have significant holdings relating to arts/design and anthropology, respectively.