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Doshisha University: International Institute of American Studies (同志社大学アメリカ研究所)


General Information

The International Institute of American Studies, Doshisha University
Hakuenkan 1st floor, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Email: (Please replace # with @)
9:00-11:30, 12:30-17:00, Saturday: 9:00-12:00
weekend and holidays


About the Library:

The primarily activities of the IIAS library is to collect books and research materials, and make them available to students and scholars in the related field.  IIAS also hosts special lectures by scholars from both inside and outside Japan.

Currently, the IIAS library holds about 90,000 foreign and 9,000 Japanese information materials, 650 titles on microfilms, and 200 titles on microfiche.

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About the International Institute of American Studies:

Founded in 1958, the International Institute of American Studies (IIAS) conducts research that covers one or more of the following fields: history, culture, literature, politics, economics, society, religion, and music. The Institute also studies the relationship of other countries with the United States.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:

  • Japanese Materials: 9,000 volumes
  • Foreign Materials: 90,000 volumes

Focus: The collection includes original and reprinted primary sources, papers of American Presidents and other notable figures, statistical materials, and governmental publications.

Notable Collection(s):

  • Government Publications: Foreign Relations of the United States, from 1861 to the present
  • Slide Collection: American Art History Slide Collection (2,100 slides)

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

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How to Use the Facility

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Using the Library

  • Please verify the desired material is available by using DOORS.
  • Letter of Introduction (紹介状 Shōkaijō) from your home institution library. Please use the following form if the home institution does not have one:
  • A letter of Introduction (Word,  PDF)
  • Home Institution ID
Upon Arrival:
  • Please obtain the IIAS library card.


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Cost:10 yen for Mono 30 yen for color

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