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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 168,000 journals, and various digital resources, such as databases, e-journals, and e-books.

Website: http://www.lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en

General Library (Hongo)

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General Library (Hongo)

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/en/library/general

Komaba Library

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Komaba Library

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://www.lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/library/komaba

Kashiwa Library

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Kashiwa Library
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 430,000 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/en/library/kashiwa

Number of Books and Journals by Library

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  (As of March 31, 2018)
Faculties and Institutes Total Books Total Journals
Total Foreign Total Foreign
Law and Politics 871,495 526,186 14,156 3,829
Medicine 273,607 163,661 3,997 1,992
Engineering / Information Science and Technology 405,608 240,704 7,517 3,490
Humanities and Sociology 1,138,834 585,690 14,025 4,595
Science 223,103 182,369 4,171 3,175
Agricultural and Life Sciences 431,444 173,973 13,129 5,425
Economics 841,731 331,372 16,141 4,759
Arts and Sciences (Komaba Library, etc.) 1,218,017 597,673 8,191 5,425
Education 164,805 66,982 3,958 1,118
Pharmaceutical Sciences 48,474 35,898 853 468
Mathematical Sciences 150,559 135,205 1,743 1,612
Interdisciplinary Information Studies 146,253 60,246 2,755 1,363
Institute of Medical Science 18,626 14,418 574 349
Earthquake Research Institute 59,358 37,009 2,520 1,297
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia 696,891 192,535 9,901 7,193
Institute of Social Science 352,278 140,865 7,517 2,223
Institute of Industrial Science 157,756 94,528 2,537 1,485
Historiographical Institute 540,415 16,189 3,161 286
Institute for Cosmic Ray Research 24,381 23,390 235 214
Institute for Solid State Physics 66,402 59,150 730 635
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute 59,320 36,308 2,843 1,199
University Museum 10,279 2,228 1,079 347
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology 48,382 30,461 494 414
Subtotal
7,948,018 3,747,040 122,227 52,893
General Library 1,285,461 445,081 21,503 9,743
Kashiwa Library 432,333 305,943 23,877 16,186
Subtotal
1,717,794 751,024 45,380 25,929
Total 9,665,812 4,498,064 167,607 78,822

 

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