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Kyoto University: Letters Library (文学研究科図書館/文学研究科学術雑誌閲覧室)


General Information

The Library of the Graduate School of Letters and Faculty of Letters
/The Library of Academic Journals, Graduate School of Letters
1st Basement, the new Building of Faculty of Letters, Yoshidahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501
+81-75-753-2461 (Academic Journals)
+81-75-753-2813 (Academic Journals)
Email: (Please replace # with @)

About the Library:

The Letters Library was founded in 1906 and its new building was completed in 1997. The library has 3 separate reading rooms with integrated stacks focused on philosophy, history, and literature. The library currently holds 990,247 books and 7,301 periodical titles.

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Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:

  • Books: 990,247 volumes
  • Periodicals: 7,301 periodical titles

Notable Collection(s):

  • Kuwabara Collection (桑原文庫): Collection of oriental history formerly owned by Dr.  Kuwabara Jitsuzo (桑原 隲蔵) (12,457 volumes).
  • Ebara Collection (潁原文庫): Collection of old Japanese literature formerly owned by Prof. Ebara Taizo (潁原 退蔵), including many sets of woodcuts and handwritten books of haiku, one of his specialties. 6,040 volumes.
  • Nishida Collection (西田文庫): Collection of books on philosophy formerly owned by Dr. Kitaro Nishida (西田幾多郎) (1,627 volumes).
  • Suzuki Collection (鈴木文庫): Collection of Chinese studies formerly owned by Prof. Suzuki Torao (鈴木虎雄), mostly written in Chinese (14,025 volumes).
  • Imanishi (今西文庫): Collection of books on China formerly owned by Dr.  Imanishi Ryu (今西竜), who specialized in Korean history (4,336 volumes).

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


How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit:

  • Please contact the library.
  • Please verify the desired material is available by using KULINE.
  • Please refer to "Copying Service".

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