Kinsey Librarian Liana Zhou

Liana H. Zhou, M.L.S.

Director, Library & Special Collections

Liana Zhou is responsible for the direction of the Kinsey Institute's library and collections, which chronicle more than 2,000 years of human history. These materials include:

  • Rare books
  • Records
  • Manuscripts
  • Correspondence
  • Fine art and artifacts
  • Photography media
  • Scholarly publications

There are also popular culture materials, ephemera, films, and other audio-visual materials that have documented or shaped the world's understanding of human sexuality.

Additionally, Zhou leads the effort to organize, develop, and preserve the library and collection archives to ensure continued access by researchers around the world.
 (812) 855-7686

Lindley Hall
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405


  • Certificate, Fund Raising Management, The Fund Raising School, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI
  • M.L.S., Library and Information Science, Indiana University 
  • B.A., Philosophy, Sichuan University


  • American Library Association
  • Chinese American Librarians Association
  • Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Selected publications

Sole authorship

  • The Past & Future of Free Collecting with Liana Zhou, Kinsey Institute. (2019). Intellectual Freedom Blog. The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.
  • Characteristics of material organization and classification in the Kinsey Institute Library. In Historical Aspects of Cataloging and Classification. Ed. Martin D. Joachim. New York :Haworth Information Press, 2003.


  • The Kinsey Institute: The First Seventy Years. Judith A. Allen, Hallimeda E. Allinson, Andrew Clark-Huckstep, Brandon J. Hill, Stephanie A. Sanders and Liana H. Zhou (eds). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017.
  • Who is Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey. Guangxi Normal University Press, China, 2007.
  • Reinisch, J.M., Kaufman, C.S., Zhou, L.H., and Rosenblum, L.A. (2007). Cultural Perspectives on Orgasm Embedded in Medicine, Science, Philosophy, and Literature. In M. Tepper & A. Fugelsang Owens (Eds.), Sexual Health: Moral and cultural foundations. Westport, CT: Praeger,.

Consultations & contributions


  • Joint Conference of Librarian of Color Advocacy Award, 2012
  • ALA (American Library Association) Equality Award, 2008
  • Chinese American Librarians Association Distinguished Service Award, 2006
  • Chinese American Librarians Association President’s Award, 2004

CV available upon request

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