About the University of Tokyo

Libraries

The University of Tokyo Library System consists of the General Library on the Hongo Campus, the Komaba Library on the Komaba Campus, the Kashiwa Library on the Kashiwa Campus, and 32 departmental libraries at the University’s Graduate Schools, Faculties, and Institutes. The entire collection includes more than 9 million books, subscriptions to nearly 30,000 journals, and various digital resources, such as databases, e-journals, and e-books.

Website: http://www.lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index-e.html

General Library (Hongo)

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The General Library, which serves students and the faculty of all campuses, has roughly 1.2 million books and 1,144 seats, making it the largest library in the system. The present building was constructed in 1928 with a donation from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. after the old building was completely destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake. A red-carpeted grand stairway, sculpted arches, and other
striking accoutrements lend the library a stately atmosphere.

Website: http://www.lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp/sogoto/index-e.html

Komaba Library

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The Komaba Library was opened in October 2002 to serve as the main library for the Komaba Campus. It features corridors letting in natural light, a spacious lounge, 1,075 seats, and holds some 600,000 books covering an immense range of subjects. As the first University library used by Junior Division undergraduates, Komaba Library is designed to enrich their experience on the Komaba Campus.
It also functions as a research library for Senior Division undergraduates, graduate students, and the faculty, while providing many services to support the Komaba Campus’ diverse lineup of education and research.


Website: http://lib.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index_e.html

Kashiwa Library

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Serving primarily graduate students at the Kashiwa Campus, the Kashiwa Library is the newest of the main libraries, having started full operation in February 2005 after its initial limited opening in May 2004. Its collection currently stands at roughly 390,000 books, and it has automated stack rooms that are capable of housing one million volumes and are storing mainly back issues of natural science
journals. The library’s media hall, community salon, and other facilities for group activities also make it a nexus for intra-campus exchange and interaction with local communities.

Website: http://www.lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp/kashiwa/index-e.html

Number of Books and Journals by Library

  (As of March 31, 2014)

Faculties and Institutes Books Journals Yearly increase/decrease (books) Yearly increase/decrease (journals)
Law and Politics 825,420 13,607 8,903 114
Medicine 284,100 5,262 -5,666 54
Engineering / Information Science and Technology 397,900 7,911 -2,419 -213
Humanities and Sociology 1,100,164 13,264 17,051 347
Science 233,024 4,838 1,737 -252
Agricultural and Life Sciences 409,945 12,027 5,529 123
Economics 823,588 15,861 10,428 182
Arts and Sciences (Komaba Library, etc.) 1,155,870 7,925 13,546 412
Education 151,755 4,525 3,272 42
Pharmaceutical Sciences 43,916 872 527 0
Mathematical Sciences 145,546 1,719 2,540 25
Interdisciplinary Information Studies 142,984 2,754 465 -14
Institute of Medical Science 41,905 1,206 384 -11
Earthquake Research Institute 54,543 2,297 784 284
Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia 680,491 8,997 4,094 774
Institute of Social Science 343,724 8,050 462 88
Institute of Industrial Science 153,341 2,514 -215 -19
Historiographical Institute 529,108 3,019 4,016 49
Institute for Cosmic Ray Research 24,196 235 341 0
Institute for Solid State Physics 64,733 729 -828 -2
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute 65,543 2,843 1,048 18
University Museum 8,191 2,022 2,169 1,572
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology 47,108 494 4 4
Subtotal
7,727,095 122,971 68,172 3,607
General Library 1,234,185 21,124 6,449 1,865
Kashiwa Library 388,766 22,163 11,851 602
Subtotal
1,622,951 43,287 54,911 2,467
Total 9,350,046 166,258 83,083 6,074