University of Tokyo Libraries
The University of Tokyo Library System includes 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.
The IWL participants will receive a special library card that will give you access to the General Library, the Library of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology/ Faculty of Letters. You will have free access to materials housed in these libraries Please note that you will not have borrowing privileges.
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, being the biggest library in the system. The present building was constructed in 1928 thanks to a donation from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. after the old building was completely destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake. A red-carpeted grand stairway, sculpted arches, and other striking accoutrements give the library a stately atmosphere.
The Library of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology/Faculty of Letters (Hongo)
The “Bungakubu Toshoshitsu” (文学部図書室) Library is a facility dedicated primarily to faculty and students in the Humanities and is the most relevant library for the IWL participants. It is located in the basement of Building No. 3 of the Faculty of Letters and in Building No. 2 of Law and Letters. Its holdings include thousands of books in dozens of languages on philosophy, history, literature and language, sociology, and psychology. In the basement of the Building of the Faculty of Letters there is a comfortable reading hall where you can spend hours reading until 9pm.