Abstract Hu Yinglin devoted himself to make a thorough inquiry into the history of book collections from the perspective of the academic origin and the manufacturing technology of the books. He realized the significant influence of social and political environment on public and private book collections. The book collection ideas of Hu Yinglin have a far-reaching influence and significant reference value for the future book collectors and book collection ideas.
Keywords Hu Yinglin. Book collection. Book collection ideas.