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Waseda University: Central Library (早稲田大学中央図書館)


General Information

Central Library
1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8050
Email: (Please replace # with @)

About the Library:

The central library was opened in 1882.  The building of the today's Central library was built in 1991 with international conference center.

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Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (As of 2015): 

  • Books: 2,792,446 volumes
    • Japanese books: 1,817,738 volumes
    • Non Japanese books: 974,708 volumes
  • Periodicals:16,987 titles
    • Japanese: 12,229 titles
    • Non Japanese: 4,758 titles

Notable Collection(s): For a list of collections held by Waseda University, please refer to "Special Collections".

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 Collections

Other Programs of Interest

Joint Library System with Keio University 

Waseda University Library and Keio University Media Center are agreed to launch a first  joint library system in Japan by 2020.

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit:

  • Please find information on materials by using online library catalog.
  • 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)
  • Your home institution library has to inquire about the availability of needed materials in the Central Library by contacting (individual inquires are not accepted):
E-mail:  (Please replace #with @)
  • With one letter of introduction, you can use the Central Library for 7 days.

Upon Arrival:

  • Please present some form of personal ID. 

  • A Letter of Introduction 

  • One-day user card will be issued. 

  • For those who need to leave, but plan to re-enter the library on the same day, please ask staff at the Information Counter before exiting the library. 

  • Please consult the library staff for those who need more than one day to use the material. 

  • Please consult the staff at the Reference Counter on the 2nd floor for finding materials.

  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Please refer to Photocopy service by operator" for those who are not affiliated with Waseda.

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