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Sophia University: Sophia University Central Library (上智大学中央図書館)


General Information

7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 

About the Library:

Opened in 1984, The Sophia University Central Library holds about 1,100,000 books, 12,000 periodical titles, as well as E-Journals and databases. The library uses the open stack system so that users can have direct access to the materials. It's floor space is 19,000 square meters and it has approximately 1,900 seats. Also, the central library accommodates various research institutes on the 4th to 8th floors so that it functions as a center of research activities.

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Summary of Collection(s)

Notable Collections:

  • Garcia collection : Materials systematically collected by Mauro Garcia (1906-1982); books related to Philippines, periodicals, academic conference/ University publications, and original sources on the Occupation of Japan.
  • Rare books : Materials which have scarcity and academic value. 
  • Peter Milward Collections: Materials related to Shakespeare, religious background during Renaissance period, and the English Reformation.
  • Donation books and journals by Kotaro Tanaka: Collection of donated books and journals by Kotaro Tanaka, who was once a professor of law faculty in Tokyo University, chief pf Supreme Court of Japan, and justice of International Court of Justice(The Hague).

Collection Size: 

  • Books: 1,083,388 volumes
  • Periodicals: 11,842 periodical titles

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

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How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit: Preparation Required

  • Please verify the desired material is available by using Sophia University Library OPAC.
  • 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)

Upon Arrival:

At Reference desk:

  • Please present a letter of Introduction and some form of personal ID to receive "one day user's pass."
Note: For more information please refer to  "To Researchers not affiliated with Sophia University."

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