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Hitotsubashi University: Hitotsubashi University Library (一橋大学附属図書館)


General Information

Hitotsubashi University Library
2-1 Naka, Kunitachi, Tokyo, 186-8602
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About the Library:

The Hitotsubashi University Library was first built in 1885 as the library of the Tokyo Commercial School (東京商業学校 Tokyo Shōgyō Gakkō).  As the volume of holdings grew, the library renovated and added a new section. The main library was first built and opened at the Kunitachi campus in 1996.  The last renovation of the main library was completed in 2000.

Today, the university library holds about 1,820,000 books, 16,000 periodical titles, as well as 5,300 E-Journals and more than 90 databases, mainly focused on Social Sciences fields. 

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:

  • Books: 1,820,000 volumes
  • Periodicals: 16,000 periodical titles

Notable Collection(s): Highlights of Hitotsubashi's more than 60 special collections include:

福田徳三関係資料: Fukuda Tokuzō (1874-1930) was a professor at the Tokyo Commercial School. The collection includes hand-written materials, galley proofs, and lecture records (about 260 items) (Japanese).

戦前期アジア諸国写真コレクション: (Microfilm): Photo images  of customs, views, people and industries of various countries in Pre-1945  Asia (3,705 items in 330 envelopes and 1,289 items without envelopes)(Japanese).

札差関係資料:  Fudasashi (札差) were the Rice brokers who exchanged feudal lords', Daimyō  (大名), income paid in the form of rice, with either coin or a form of receipt.  Rice was essentially a precursor to paper money (Japanese).

岡田家文書: The Okada family was a village headman, Shōya (庄屋) in Osaka.  The documents include their village history, the history of farm tenancy Kosaku, (小作)  the local bank, and commerce of the area (about 13,000 items). The catalog is available at "岡田家文書目録" page (Japanese).

修学旅行等報告書: Field trip reports of Meiji and Taisho by pre-Hitotsubashi University era students who were sent to different places in Japan as well as countries in East Asia. In addition the collection include reports about business education, customs, accounting practice, and insurance.  (about 439 items) (Japanese).

軍配組合関係資料: (Microfilm): Military records from a military union, 軍配組合 (Gunpai-kumiai) which conducted trades to maintain the value of military scrip in Central Asia from 1939 to 1944. They include minutes, rules statement, the daily journal, various account books, and survey records (Japanese).

精密機械統制会資料: (Microfilm):Office of Control Association for Precision Tools, 精密機械統制会 (Seimitsu kikai tōseikai), was established by order of the cabinet minister in charge in 1942. The main purpose of the office was to monitor supply and demand of productions, distributions, raw materials, capital, and labor, as well as instructions, research and surveys, of precision tools during World War II. Documents include production assessment requests, production project permission requests, labor performance reports, project plans, and important factory inspection forms (Japanese).

大塚金之助関係資料: Ōtuka Kinnosuke (1892-1977) was professor emeritus of Economics at Hitotsubashi University.  The collection include journal articles, telegrams, published materials, lecture materials, manuscripts, clippings, images and audio recordings, and other materials (Japanese).

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


Digital Collection(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit:

  • Please verify the desired material is available by using HERMES.
Upon Arrival:
  • Please fill out a Visitor Application Form at the reception counter on the day of the visit.  Please make sure to fill out "Material Requested."
  • Please present some form of personal ID.
  • The Library will provide a one-day library entry ID. Please return it before leaving.
  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy Fee:
    • Black: 10 yen
    • Color: 50 yen
Accessing  Rare Materials


Reception Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00, 13:00-16:30
Visiting Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00


Prior to the Visit:
  • Please download (貴重資料閲覧申込書 Kichō shiryō etsuran mōshikomisho) from their webpage.
  • Please fill out the form and submit to the main couter during reception hours by the day before the visit.
  • For requesting photo taking, please use (貴重資料複製許可願  Kichō shiryō fukusei kyokanegai )and submit with the other form.

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