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Tokyo Metropolitan Library: Tama Library (都立多摩図書館)


General Information

Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library
6-3-1 Nishiki-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0022
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 9:30-17:00


About the Library:

The Tama Library offers a variety of magazines and provides services to children and youth.  In May of 2009, the library began the Tokyo Magazine Bank, a large collection of magazines and journals (the first public library in Japan to do so). The Tokyo Magazine Bank contains about 16,000 periodical titles (around one million items). The library also holds a large number of collections of publications for adolescents and children. In the adolescent section, there are about 16,000 items (including 40 periodical titles and 6 newspaper titles).  In the children section, there are 166,000 items (including 876 periodical titles and 18 newspaper titles).

In addition, there is a section devoted to research materials related to children's books and reading.

Related Link(s)

Resources and Facilitie(s)

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (As of March, 2011):

  • Periodicals: 16,000 titles
  • Newspapers: 150 titles

Notable Collection(s):

  • Tokyo Magazine Bank: The collection consists of academic and general magazines and journals covering a variety of subject matter (about 16,000 titles).
  • Collection of Inaugural Magazine Issues: The collection contains inaugural magazine issues (about 4,800 titles).

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects different romanization system used by an individual institution.


Digital Collection(s)

Online Resource(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit:

  • Please find information materials by using Library Catalog.

Floor Plan:

  • Please go to "Guide to the Library" on their webpage.
  • Please read "Photo duplication Services" on their webpage.

Accessing Rare Materials

  • Please fill out Shiryō seikyōhyō (資料請求票), at Shutsunō Kauntā  (出納カウンター, the circulation counter).
  • The circulation counter will notify when ready by displaying Nyūkanshō bangō  (入館証番号, number given to users when submitting the request ) on the electric bulettin board.  Please return information materials to the counter after using them.

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