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Doshisha University: Imadegawa Library (同志社大学 今出川図書館)


General Information

Doshisha University Library Imadegawa Library
Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 602-8580
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9:00-22:00, Sunday:10:00-17:00
Note: The library does not allow visitors on Saturday, and Sunday.


About Imadegawa Library:

The origin of the Doshisha University Library dates back to 1887 when Joseph Hardy Neesima offered his collection of books to the students and teachers of the school. They were able to borrow as well as use the books in the reading room. The first library was called Shojyakukan 書籍館, and was located on the 2nd floor of the Yushukan 有終館. The library held 3,000 books. The school opened the second library, Keimeikan  啓明館 in 1920, which held 47,097 books. Finally, In 1973, the new library was opened at Imadegawa Campus, and today, the library holds 700,000 books.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: 700,000

Notable Collection(s):

In addition to author's manuscripts selected from historical records which belongs to the University, documents and letters related to Kakuma Yamamoto and Soho Tokutomi, who are inseparable from Doshisha University, documents of Japanese history such as drift diaries written in the latter stage of Edo period and Japan research documents written by non-Japanese are released.

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

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How to Use the Facility

Using the Library
Prior to the Visit:
  • Please verify the desired material is available by using DOORS.
  • Please ask the home institution library to contact them to verify the desired material is available.
Att: 情報サービス課 (Jōhō Sābisuka)
FAX: +81-75-251-3058
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  • 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)

Upon Arrival:

  • Please present some form of personal ID.
  • Please present the letter of Introduction.
  • Please present the approval letter from the library.


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy Fee: 10 yen per copy

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