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Okayama University: Central Library (中央図書館)


General Information

Central Library
 3-1-1 Tsushima Naka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530
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Dec 28-Jan 4, Aug 13-15


About Okayama University Libraries:

The University Libraries consist of the Central Library, the Shikata Branch Library, and the Institute of Plant Science and Resources Branch Library. Together, the libraries hold  2,090,000 library materials.

They also provide services to  local communities and other educational institutions. Through their digital library system, users can access 13,500 E-journals, 21 databases, and academic research materials developed by Okayama university scholars.

In November.2015, Okayama University Intellectual Property Office (OUIPO) opened the U.S. office in Silicon Valley to promoting collaborative research with talented individuals outside of Okayama University.

Related Link(s)

Research Collections

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (As of 2013): 

  • Books: 1,653,222 volumes
    • Japanese: 1,171,398 volumes
    • Western languages: 481,824 volumes
  • Periodicals: 29,306 titles
    • Japanese: 19,725 titles
    • Western languages: 9,581 titles

Notable Collection(s):

  • The Ikeda Family Collection (池田家文庫): The Ikeda Family Collection consists of record and documents of Ikeda clan, the fief lord of Okayama in the Edo period. The collection include administrative and legislative archives (68,083 items), Japanese classics (22,177 volumes) and Chinese classics (10,420 volumes).


Online Library Catalog:

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

Digital Collection(s)

Online Resource(s)

Inter Library Loan / Document Delivery

The central library is a participant of the Global ILL Framework (GIF). For more information about GIF, please consult NCC's Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery .

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Eligibility: Non affiliate users have limited access to their library resources.

Prior to the Visit: No Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required.

  • Please verify the desired material is available by using Okayama University OPAC.

    Upon Arrival:

    • One day Visit: Please enter from the main entrance and fill out a visitor entrance request form (学外者入館申込票, Gakugaisha nyūkan mōshikomisho placed on the left side of the entrance) and submit the form with your ID.
    • One Year Visit: You need to obtain a library card.
      • Eligibility: 18 years or older (not for high school students).
      • ID required.
      • Hour: 09:00 - 17:00

    Borrowing: Okayama residents are eligible for borrowing.

    • Undergraduate students
      • Up to 10 Books and Periodicals.
      • Loan Period:  2 weeks (3 days for periodicals).

    • Graduate students
      • Up to 15 Books and Periodicals.
      • Loan Period:  2 weeks (3 days for periodicals).

    Floor Plans


    • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
    • Materials in the Central library only.
    • For your research use only.
    • Please fill out the photocopy application form.
    • There are both photocopiers that take coins and photocopiers that accept prepaid cards (Co-op).

    Note: For more information for student library use, please go to for student.

    Accessing Closed Stacks

    Prior to the Visit:

    • Please fax or email the form to:

    Floor Service Group of Okayama University Library

    FAX: +81-86-254-6152.

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