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University of Chicago: Joseph Regenstein Library

Research access guide to the Japanese collections at the University of Chicago.

General Information

Facility: University of Chicago Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-8740
FAX: (773) 702-6623
Email: N/A
Hours: Hours of operation

About the library:

The Joseph Regenstein Library was constructed between 1967 and 1970, and is built on the site of the original Stagg Field, which was the athletic field for the University of Chicago from 1892 until construction began on the library.

The Regenstein Library collections focus primarily on subjects in the humanities and social sciences, as well as business, divinity, and area studies.

The Center for East Asian Studies now offers Japan Studies Library Travel Grants, designed to assist scholars in using the university's East Asian collections for research in Japan Studies. For more information, please visit their Japan Studies Library Travel Grants page.

For more information on the Japanese collection, please contact Ayako Yoshimura at (773) 702-8434 or by email.

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Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of April 2014 library contains over 4.2 million items of which over 251,000 are in Japanese. The University of Chicago's Japanese Collection is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences, with recent focuses on expanding the collection in the fields of art history, cinema and media, intellectual history, and literature.


With over 20,000 photographs, the Photographic Archive documents the history of the University of Chicago and the development of its campus, programs, and community.

A collection of approximately 4,500 photographs detailing natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities within the United States from the years stated, drawn from the Department of Botany at the university.

Digitized selections from the university's collection on the 1933-34 World's Fair, with descriptions of the rest of the material.

Digitized maps from the University of Chicago's map collection, including selections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century maps of Asian cities.

A list of all the collections currently available digitally from the University of Chicago. Please note that this will include many collections unrelated to Japan.

How to Use the Facility

Using the Collections

The University of Chicago libraries are freely accessible to faculty, academics, students, and staff, as well as alumni and members of the University Visiting Committees, Women's Board, and Library Society. Faculty, students, and staff from other academic institutions may be granted access and borrowing privileges after providing the library with an appropriate research need. More information about privileges for visiting faculty, students, and staff can be found here. On-campus access to the collections is also available to members of the public with legitimate research needs. More information for members of the public can be found here.

Please note: some collections at the library are accessible by appointment only. Please refer to the library's website for more information.

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