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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

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

Notable Collections

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

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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