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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 27 departmental libraries at the University’s Graduate Schools, Faculties, and Institutes. The entire collection includes more than 9 million books, subscriptions to around 170,000 journals, and various digital resources, such as databases, e-journals, and e-books.

Website: https://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 1.3 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: https://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 680,000 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: https://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 450,000 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: https://www.lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/library/kashiwa

Number of Books and Journals by Library

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  (As of March 31, 2021)
Faculties and Institutes Total Books Total Journals
Total Foreign Total Foreign
Law and Politics 899,502 543,936 14,283 3,850
Medicine 274,819 162,349 3,623 1,942
Engineering / Information Science and Technology 413,372 241,888 7,508 3,425
Humanities and Sociology 1,156,341 593,476 14,191 4,675
Science 222,155 180,148 5,889 4,411
Agricultural and Life Sciences 449,466 182,828 13,319 5,461
Economics 847,499 332,588 16,276 4,771
Arts and Sciences (Komaba Library, etc.) 1,236,417 595,835 7,546 5,013
Education 171,529 68,590 4,604 1,125
Pharmaceutical Sciences 50,948 36,572 880 443
Mathematical Sciences 156,824 141,070 1,769 1,629
Interdisciplinary Information Studies 144,894 60,910 2,755 1,363
Institute of Medical Science 3,420 2,588 55 17
Earthquake Research Institute 59,992 37,219 2,536 1,307
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia 704,211 195,392 9,953 7,234
Institute of Social Science 358,426 142,890 7,615 2,252
Institute of Industrial Science 151,354 92,602 2,572 1,502
Historiographical Institute 549,460 16,531 3,284 288
Institute for Cosmic Ray Research 24,477 23,477 235 214
Institute for Solid State Physics 67,166 59,612 734 635
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute 60,302 36,602 2,863 1,198
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology 49,021 30,710 494 414
University Museum 11,314 2,246 1,094 356
Subtotal
8,062,909 3,780,059 123,538 53,525
General Library 1,330,955 459,745 21,473 9,711
Kashiwa Library 460,477 321,401 24,639 16,447
Subtotal
1,791,432 781,146 46,112 26,158
Total 9,854,341 4,561,205 169,650 79,683

 

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