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, 2011)

Faculties and Institutes Books Journals Yearly increase (books) Yearly increase (journals)
Law and Politics 793,200 11,100 11,206 2,018
Medicine 285,543 5,650 4,965 1,398
Engineering / Information Science and Technology 410,483 7,249 4,455 1,992
Humanities and Sociology 1,044,408 12,302 19,629 1,538
Science 225,688 6,817 3,031 1,773
Agricultural and Life Sciences 395,647 11,850 7,099 3,257
Economics 775,958 15,777 12,706 1,129
Arts and Sciences (Komaba Library, etc.) 1,106,570 7,010 19,080 2,151
Education 141,678 4,412 3,816 1,024
Pharmaceutical Sciences 42,443 546 853 154
Mathematical Sciences 138,102 1,670 2,217 632
Interdisciplinary Information Studies 141,393 2,768 1,003 382
Institute of Medical Science 41,072 1,286 262 129
Earthquake Research Institute 52,194 2,098 681 507
Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia 666,038 6,836 4,911 1,333
Institute of Social Science 341,005 8,049 4,291 1,280
Institute of Industrial Science 157,396 2,877 928 540
Historiographical Institute 515,339 2,981 3,500 1,302
Institute for Cosmic Ray Research 22,991 235 381 76
Institute for Solid State Physics 63,769 739 1,455 148
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute 60,702 2,737 2,905 778
University Museum 7,639 990 551 622
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology 46,494 482 55 42
Subtotal
7,475,752 116,461 109,980 24,205
General Library 1,204,232 19,319 13,080 3,721
Kashiwa Library 354,113 19,885 11,851 30
Subtotal
1,558,345 39,204 24,931 3,751
Total 9,034,097 155,665 134,911 27,956