General guidance for overseas users and guests from overseas may be
found under "User's Guide for
Loan Services", and other parts of this the Library page of this website. For further
information, please inquire at: email@example.com
Overseas Visiting the Library
Visitor's use of the library is currently suspended. (from
April 6th, 2020)
Before You Visit the Library
The guidelines are in general identical to
those given at the "User's Guide for Guests". After
contacting Nichibunken in advance, be sure to bring with you your ID and a letter of
introduction issued by your home university or institution.
If you cannot obtain a letter of introduction or ID from your home country, or there
is no one in your home institution library through whom you can consult, please send
an email to us at the contact address
Visiting the Library
If you wish to use the library for two or more successive days, you may be eligible
to obtain lodging at Nichibunken House. Please inquire at the contact address below.
Online Use of the Nichibunken Library
ILL and Document Delivery Service
Copies of materials in the Nichibunken Library may be obtained and original books or
materials may be borrowed (for reading within your library) through your university
library or a public library near you. If you wish to use this service, please consult
your university library or a public library near you. For details please see the "Interlibrary Loan
If your library does not have a specialist for Japanese studies and the staff in charge
of ILL encounter difficulties in requesting services from Japan, please ask the person
in charge to contact us and we will explain the procedures. please send an email to us
the contact address below.
Nichibunken OPAC (Catalog Search)
Search the holdings in the Nichibunken Library at
the Nichibunken OPAC (Catalog Search) page.
Works in Japanese studies written in languages other than Japanese in the Nichibunken
Library are called "Gaisho" and the library is in the process of building a
comprehensive collection of such works; bibliographic information and availability at
the library can be obtained via keyword search at the OPAC page.
Please note that search of the Nichibunken OPAC is possible using the roman spelling of
Japanese words even from a computer without Japanese-language input capability. Please
follow the example below.
Example: Placing a dollar-sign character before the word ("$genji")
will bring the same results as searching for the word in katakana characters (ゲンジ).
Some documents in the Nichibunken Library may be
used via the Nichibunken website, as follows:
International Research Center for Japanese Studies Library
Library Services Unit (Shiryo Riyo Kakari)
3-2 Goryo-Oeyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192 JAPAN