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Okayama University: IPSR Branch Library (植物研分館)


General Information

IPSR Branch Library
 2 Chome-20-1 Chuo Kurashiki, Okayama 710-0046
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 Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Dec 29-Jan 3, Summer Holidays


About ISPR Branch Library:

Opened in 1921, the Institute of Plant Science and Resources (ISPR) library is considered  one of the best agricultural and biological libraries in Japan.

The library holds an extensive selection of scientific periodicals as well as rare and valuable library materials, available to the public.

Related Link(s)

Research Collections

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (As of 2013): 

  • Books: 186,596 volumes    
    • Japanese: 94,716 volumes
    • Western languages: 91,880 volumes
  • Periodicals: 12,405 titles
    • Japanese: 7,733 titles
    • Western languages: 4,672 titles

Notable Collection(s):


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)

To be updated.

Online Resource(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

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

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

    Upon Arrival:

    • Please fill out the entrance permit (入館申請書 Nyūkan sinseisho).


    • The library does not lending its library materials to visitors.

    Floor Plans: n/a


    • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
    • Materials in the library only.
    • One copy per person.
    • For research use only.
    • You are not allowed to copy the entire contents of a library material. 
    • Copy Fee:
      • Black: 35 yen 
      • Color: 70 yen
    • Service Hours: 09:00 -16:50

    Accessing Rare Materials

    Please go to Special collection on their webpage.

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