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Sophia University: Institute of Asian Cultures (上智大学アジア文化研究所)


General Information

Sophia University Institute of Asian, African, Middle Eastern Studies Library
Central Library L-612 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554  
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About the Library:

The Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies library is located 6th floor of the Central Library (moved from L-423 on 4th floor to L-612). The library holdings include approximately 24,324 items (books, periodicals, and microfilms). Many of them are local language materials.

Parent Facility

The Sophia Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies (IAAMES) was opened in 1982 to promote East-West cultural exchange, guided by the principles of Christian humanism. The institute focuses on South East Asia, South Asia the Middle East, and Africa.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: Books: 24,324 volumes (April 1, 2018)

Focus: Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa

Notable Collection(s):

  • Islamic Area Studies Collection: library materials related to the field of society, history, religion, politics, and culture of the Islamic community. These materials are shelved in (6th floor, Room 612 Central Library) Asian culture laboratory library. In addition to the European language, Arabic, Indonesian, and Malay books are in available. 

  • Southeast Asia Kitaab Collection: About 1800 titles of Kitaab (Islamic book) are shelved in (6th floor, Room 612 Central Library) Asian culture laboratory.

  • Garcia Collection: a collection totaling 6,951 items which includes 5,320 titles of books, periodicals, and other documents relating to the Philippines. 

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

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How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Restricted: Researchers accepted by the university as following:

  • Visiting Fellow/Collaborative Fellow, Professional Researchers, Full-time Professors, University Faculty 
  • Visiting Researcher (PhD Candidate)
  •  PhD candidates conducting research in relevant fields

Note: Please make sure to follow the Central library schedule.

Online Catalog:
  • Please find information materials by using Sophia University Library OPAC. Go to Advance Search and select "InstAsianCul" for Location.
Note: Please follow the procedure for the Central Library. 

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