The Japan Foundation Library (Tokyo)

The Japan Foundation Library develops its collection of books and other materials on Japan, international cultural exchange and publication by the Japan Foundation to provide extensive information services. The Library can be used by any member of the public.

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What's New

【Library Hours from October (Update: September 28, 2022)

The Japan Foundation Library (Tokyo) is open limited hours by appointment only until further notice.

Library Hours from October: Monday - Friday (except national holidays) 1:30-5:30 p.m. (by appointment only)

* The Library hours may change at short notice. Please check the Calendar for the latest library hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

【The JF Library (Tokyo) Book Pick-Up Service(July 6, 2022)】

We provide a Book Pick-Up Service to members of the JF Library (Tokyo).

January 4, 2023
New Arrivals in December 2022
March 15, 2022
Small Online Exhibition “From Our Rare Book Collection” (March 2022)

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday (except national holidays): 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
* By appointment only (with a one-hour appointment slot, 3 persons at a time)

How to make an appointment to visit the JF Library in Tokyo, Japan

  1. 1.Please send us an email ( with the following information, no later than noon of the day (weekday) before your desired visiting date. ※We accept appointments for the current week and the following week in advance.
    (When sending an e-mail, please replace the full-width "@" character with a half-width character.)
    1. 1)Your name
    2. 2) Desired date and time of your appointment
      <Available appointment slots>
      Monday - Friday (except national holidays):
      1. (1) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
      2. (2) 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      3. (3)3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      4. (4)4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    3. 3)Name (s) of accompanying persons if applicable
  2. 2.We will send you a confirmation email in return.
  3. 3.Please bring the confirmation email with you when you visit.
<Privacy Policy>

The information you provide us – name, contact, and visiting date and time – will only be used for the following purposes:

  • To provide library services
  • If a COVID-19 case is found at our facility, we may contact you and/or provide the information to health centers, medical institutions, etc.

To all visitors

  • We conduct temperature checks upon your arrival.
  • All visitors must wear masks while in the Library.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after using library materials and devices.
  • Maintain a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from others.
  • Refrain from eating and drinking in the Library.
  • Face-to-face service at library counters is limited to 10 minutes. Reference services are also available via email (
    (When sending an e-mail, please replace the full-width "@" character with a half-width character.)
  • We temporarily suspend providing headphones for AV equipment. Please bring your own earphone/headphone (wired) if you plan to use audiovisual materials.

Visitors with any of the following conditions are restricted from entering the Library:

  • Having fever of 37.5ºC or higher
  • Having flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, etc., or are not feeling well
  • Without a mask

At the Library, you can expect:

  • Staff members take their temperature and wear masks.
  • Vinyl curtains are installed at counters.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is made available in the Library.
  • The facility is thoroughly sanitized and ventilated.
  • The Reading Room is arranged to meet social distancing requirements.
  • Returned books are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.

Thank you for your cooperation to keep all visitors safe during this time as we continually evaluate our services in relation to the COVID-19 situation.

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Location 1-6-4 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, YOTSUYA CRUCE 1F Access
TEL/FAX TEL +81-(0)3-5369-6086 / FAX +81-(0)3-5369-6044
Contact E-mail:
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