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Rikkyo University: Niiza Repository Library (新座保存書庫)


General Information

Rikkyo University Library
Att: Sankō shitsu 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8501
+81-3-3985-2629 (Sankō shitsu)
Niiza Library
1-2-26 Kitano,Niiza-shi, Saitama 352-8558


About the Library:

Built in 1982, the Niiza Repository Library is Japan's first repository library.  The library has accumulated a variety of special collections, including documents related to the Episcopal Church, about 80,000 rare books, published before 1955, periodicals published before 1970, and microfilm materials

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Notable Collection(s):

  • Ebisawa Arimichi Collection (海老沢有道文庫): This collection consists of 6,000 items including information materials related to Christianity history in Japan, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestants bibles translated into Japanese, hymn and related materials.  Furthermore, there are over 100 rare items related to the banning of books such as (破吉利支丹 Ha kirishitan) by Suzuki Shōsan (鈴木正三), which was published in 1662.
  • Ōkubo Toshiaki Collection (大久保利謙文庫): The collection mainly consists of modern Japanese history materials from the Meiji to Taisho period.  The collection includes various biographies, philosopher's works from the Meiji period, and Western language books from Okubo's father's collection.
  • Jikata Komonjo (地方古文書): The collection consists of old documents about politics, economics, and culture from various local settlements (145 items).

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

Digital Collection(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library 

The library is not accepting inquiries from individuals.

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required

  • Service is limited to using library materials that are uniquely available at the Rikkyo Library.
  • Please make sure  that desired materials are not held by the National Diet Library or public libraries.
  • Please verify the desired material is available by using Rikkyo. University OPAC.
  • Users from Rikkyo University's exchange partner institutions are given increased access privileges.  Please refer to "Exchange Partner Institutions".
  • Library materials request form (図書閲覧願 Tosho etsuran negai) from your home institution  to(参考室 Sankō shitsu ). Please use the following form if the home institution does not have one:
    • Library Materials Request Form (Word,  PDF)
  • 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)
Note: One letter of introduction allows a visiting researcher to use the library for one day.
Upon Arrival:
  • Please present a letter of introduction.

  • Please present some form of personal ID.
Note: Niza residents need to fill out a one day access request form (一日利用申込書 Ichinichi moushikomisho) to obtain a daily permit (一日利用証 Ichinichi riyōshō ) and present Personal ID, showing proof of age and residency.

  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy Fee:
    • Black: 10 yen per sheet
    • Color: 50 yen per sheet
  • Please bring small changes.

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