Library Guide

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User's Guide

How to find materials Online Catalog (OPAC) is available for searching materials.
The materials are shelved in the reading area on the 1st Fl, in closed stacks/KBS stacks located in the basement, and the outside storage.
To use audio/visual materials, microfiches or any materials in the closed stacks or KBS stacks, please fill in a request slip and hand it to the Library staff.
As it takes up to three working days to deliver materials kept in the outside storage to the Library, advance request by phone or e-mail is recommended.
Borrowing of books Loan services are provided for anyone who resides in Japan and is 18 years of age or older. If you are a foreign national, you are required to stay in Japan at a fixed address for a period of 2 months or more from the day of your library registration.
To register, please bring your driving license, health insurance card, etc. If you are a foreign national, please bring your alien registration card, passport or any of the above-mentioned identifications.
  • Loan period: 2 weeks
  • Renewal: Only once (for 2 weeks from the renewal date); however, items cannot be renewed if they are already overdue or if someone else has requested the books.
  • Maximum number of items that can be borrowed: 10 items (5 items for books held in the JF Japanese Language Institute, Kansai, Library and The JF Japanese Language Institute, Urawa, Library)

*Reference books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, rare books, KBS documents, JF clippings, NIHONGO Partners reports, etc., cannot be borrowed.

Borrowing books by mail The JF Library users with active library cards, who reside in Japan, are eligible for the service.
Books eligible for this service must be circulating. Books that cannot be packed and sent via mail such as large-size books are not covered by this service.
  • Loan period: 2 weeks including the days required for delivery.
  • Renewal: Only once (for 2 weeks from the renewal date); however, items cannot be renewed if they are already overdue or if someone else has requested the books.
  • Maximum number of items that can be borrowed: 10 items
  • Shipping cost: Users must pay for the shipping fee both ways.
  1. 【1】Email your request to us including the following information: 1) your name, 2) Library card number, 3) book titles that you want to borrow, 4) preferred delivery date/time.
  2. 【2】You will receive an email from the Library confirming (or rejecting) your request.
  3. 【3】We will send books using the Yu-Pack parcel by pay on delivery (shipping fee can be paid when receiving the Yu-Pack parcel).
    *Cancellations cannot be accepted after the shipment.
    *When you could not receive the parcel, please contact the post office by yourself and request redelivery. Please note that you will be responsible for the shipping fees even if you couldn’t receive the parcel during the post office storage period and it is returned to the Library.
  4. 【4】Please send the books using the Yu-Pack parcel or any other courier with a tracking system by prepayment to the following address:
    Postcode: 160-0004
    Address: 1-6-4 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, YOTSUYA CRUCE 1F
    Name: The Japan Foundation Library
    TEL: 03-5369-6086
  5. 【5】We will send a confirmation email to you upon receipt of the package. Please keep the copy of the address label until you receive our confirmation email.
Photocopying b/w 10 yen; color 50 yen per page
*Only materials from the Library collection can be copied. However, please remember the Japanese copyright law restricts the amount that can be copied.
Reference services Reference services, regarding international cultural exchange activities and on Japan, are provided. Requests can be made by phone, fax or e-mail.
"National Diet Library Digital Collections" This service allows Library users to browse digitized materials at the libraries authorized by the National Diet Library (NDL). The digitized materials are out-of-print items, including books, periodicals and doctoral dissertations previously available only within the NDL premises. At the Library, the service is available on the designated computer in the reading area. Printing service for these items is provided upon request.

Please visit the following detailed page for further information.
"National Diet Library Digital Collections" is available in the Library

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The Japan Foundation
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6086 Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6044
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