Library Assistance Services

Using the Library

Please feel free to assistance while using the Nichibunken Library. We are happy to help.
Visitors from outside Nichibunken should refer to the User's Guide for Visitors and contact us before coming to use the library.

Using the Library Accompanied by Helpers or Small Children

The Library can accommodate use of the library accompanied by helpers or small children. Please let us know at the front desk when you arrive.

Overseas Users and Guests from Overseas

Please see the Guide for Overseas Users and Guests from Overseas.

Document Copying and Digitizing Services for Special Needs

To better serve persons with print disabilities (visual or other impairments), Nichibunken will provide enlarged reproduction on paper upon request. We also provide digitalized versions of printed documents (text data or PDF).
These services are provided for Nichibunken Library registered users who have difficulty (including temporary disabilities, due to advanced age, etc.) reading the documents needed for their research.

The services are of the four types listed below
(1) Enlargement printing: From digital data to paper (allow about 1 to 2 weeks)
(2) Enlargement PDF file: From paper to digital data (allow about 1 to 2 weeks)
(3) OCR data (not proofread for accuracy): Paper to digital data (about 1 to 2 weeks)
(4) OCR data (proofread text data): Paper to digital data (this is costly and take time; please consult the staff)

These services are subject to Article 37, paragraph 3 of the Japanese Copyright Law and the "guidelines on reproduction of works as library services for handicapped people based on paragraph 3 of Article 37 of the Copyright Law." For further details, please contact us at the address below.

Facilities and Equipment

  • Call Button
    A call button is located at the Library entrance for wheelchair users, or others who may need to call for assistance.
  • West side elevator (Library Annex I)
    This elevator accommodates wheelchair users to the upper floors of Libarary Annex I.
  • East side elevator (Library Annex III)
    This elevator accommodates wheelchair users and persons with vision impairment.
  • Reading desk for wheelchair users
    The Library has desks to facilitate use by wheelchair users on the first floor. The desk is [the desks are] equipped with a computer for searching library holdings. Please ask at the front desk for use of the desk
  • Light fixtures
    Desk lights and portable lights may be used. If you need more light for reading, please ask at the front desk.
  • Private carrels
    Cubicles are available for persons using audio equipment, recording readings, working with helpers, or caring for small children. Please inquire at the front desk for access to these rooms.


The Library will endeavor to provide whenever possible. Those requiring assistance should inquire at the front desk for

  • Guidance and escort inside the library
  • Library search assistance
  • Shelf search and retrieval
  • Magnifier
  • Communication in writing
  • Email communication

Contact Us

International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Library Services Unit (Shiryo Riyo Kakari)
3-2 Goryo-Oeyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192 JAPAN
E-mail: riyou* (Please replace * with @)
Tel: +81-75-335-2066
Fax: +81-75-335-2093

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