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Showa Women's University: Library (図書館)



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General Information

Showa Women's University Library
1-7 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-8533
Email: (Please replace # with @)
Hours vary during the acacemic term,
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About the Library:

The Library stores about 430,000 volumes, 14,000 periodical titles, 123 news paper titles, a total of 20,000 items of micro form, audiovisual and electric information materials. In addition to materials in specific fields, there are many


Institution: Showa Women's University
Founded: 1920
Type: Private Women's University
Location: Setagaya, Tokyo


About Showa Women's University:

Showa Women's University was founded after the first World War to provide young Japanese women with better opportunities for higher education and professional careers.  The institution was founded by renowned poet and literary critic Enkichi Hitomi, and his wife Midori as a school for women based on Tolstoy’s ideas of bringing  teachers and students together to live in a community of learning in which independence was encouraged. To educate women to be self-reliant and to assume significant roles in society were the objectives around which the school was founded.  It was accredited in 1922 and became Showa Women’s University in 1949.

Showa Women’s University has two graduate schools with 10 programs, three undergraduate faculties across 11 departments, and a Junior College.

Showa provides education for girls and women from kindergarten to graduate school. Showa also has important exchange relationships and the Showa Boston Campus in Brookline, Massachusetts.   Its Setagaya campus is the home of the British School of Tokyo, and its Brookline campus houses the British School of Boston.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:
  • 480,000 volumes
  • 14,000 periodical titles

Showa Women's University Library also participates in cooperative collection efforts through the Setagaya 6 Consortium.

Notable Collection(s) 

  • Kindai Bunko (近代文庫): Information materials related to philosophy, education and culture since the Meiji Period. The collection consists of 67,000 volumes, 4,300 periodical titles, 100 newspapers.  Among these collections, there are about 200 materials by Yosano Hiroshi / Akiko (与謝野寛/晶子), including Myōjō (明星), Tōhaku (冬柏), correspondences and manuscripts.  In addition, there are 300 items related to Takahashi Gorō (高橋五郎), translator and linguist.
  • Josei Bunko (女性文庫): Information materials related to women's (女性) study. The collection includes theses from England and The United States and women's study materials in modern Japan.


Online Library Catalog:

    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)

    Online Resource(s)

    Other Facilities of Interest

    Showa Women's University offers a children's daycare center for the local community.

    The Koyo Museum is affiliated with the Century Cultural Foundation and provides exhibition space for its collections. 

    Showa Women's University also houses the British School in Japan and its Boston Campus is the home of the British School of Boston.



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    How to Use the Facility

    Using the Library

    Service Hours:

    • Monday- Friday: 9:00-16:30

    Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required

    • 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)
    • Please go to the university's opac and make sure the material(s) is available.
    • Please inquire the Information Service Section through the home institution library at:
    Email address: (Please replace # with @)


    Upon Arrival:

    • Please present the letter of introduction.
    • Please present a photo ID.


    • Service Hours: 9:00-16:00
    • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.

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