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Nara National Museum: Buddhist Art Library (仏教美術資料研究センター)


General Information

Facility: Nara National Museum
Address: 50 Noboriōji-chō, Nara, Nara 630-8213
Phone: (NTT Hello Dial) +81-50-5542-8600
FAX: +81-742-26-7218
Hours: Wednesday and Friday: 9:30-16:30
Closed: National Holidays and 12/26 to 1/4


About Buddhist Art Library:

Since its opening in 1980, the Buddhist Library has created, collected and conserved research data related to Buddhist art, and has published related books and photos.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection size: As of April, 2008

  • Books: 67,000 volumes
  • Periodicals: 3,000 periodical titles
  • Photo: 128,000 images
  • Catalogs: 10,000 exhibition catalogs

Focus: Buddhist Art

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

Upon Arrival:

  • Please enter the building site from the south gate.
  • Please register at the west entrance reception desk in the building.
  • Please verify the desired material is available by using Buddhist Art Library OPAC.


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy services are restricted to written materials only.
  • Service Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30-16:30

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