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Osaka Prefectural Library : Nakanoshima Library (中之島図書館)


General Information

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library
1-2-10 Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0005
Mon.-Fri. 9:00 – 20:00,
Sat. 9:00- 17:00
Sunday, the second Thursday on March, June and October
, National Holidays, New Year's Holidays.


About the Nakanoshima Library:

The Nakanoshima library building ( the center  part and 1 library) was made in 1904 with money donated by Kichizaemon Sumitomo (住友吉左衛門) the 15th. The building was designed by Noguchi Magoichi(?) (野口孫市), the chief architect of the Sumitomo family.  The facade supported by Corinthian columns is in the Greek shrine style, and the domed central hall resembles a church.  In 1992, designed by Hidaka Yutaka (日高胖), both right and left building were completed. In 1974, the main building and both right and left buildings became important cultural properties of Japan.

The Nakanoshima library specializes East Asian classics, Osaka related materials and Business.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

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



  • Yodoyabashi (淀屋橋) Station on the Keihan Line (京阪本線) or Midōsuji Subway (地下鉄御堂筋線): Please take exit #1 and walk about 300m.
  • Ōebashi (大江橋) Station: Please take exit #6 and walk about 300m
  • Naniwabashi (なにわ橋) Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line (京阪中之島線): Please take exit #1 and walk about 300m
The Library is located on the east side of the Osaka City Hall.

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit: No Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Service Hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 17:30
    • Saturday: 9:00 - 16:30
  • Please fill out an application form (図書複写申込書 Tosho fukusha mōshikomisho) in pen and submit to the library staff.
  • For copying from CD-ROM and microfilms, please fill out Fukusha mōshikomish (複写申込書).
  • Copy Fee:
Self-self-serving Black and White 10 yen
Copy by staff Black and white 20 yen
Color 50 yen
Copy from
Online Database
the Digital Resource Room Black and White 10 yen
Osaka-Area Specialties Room
(library materials)
Black and White 50 yen
Color 80 yen
Microfilms 50 yen


Note: Please request for copying 30 minutes before closing. For copying from microfilms, please pick up copies next day. Some items cannot be copied.


  • A Library card (valid for 3 years) is required.  Applying for a library card requires the following:
    • Those who apply for the Library card must live, work, or go to school in the Kinki district.
  • Please present some form of ID showing name, address and the date of birth
  • Please fill out an application form.
  • Take the books, along with the library card, to the counter.
  • Up to 8 books for 3 weeks
    • To renew books by telephone, please call within the 3-week loan period. However, the reserved materials cannot be renewed. In addition, renewing books can be done on website (password is required). For more detail, please ask the staff at the Registration (受付 Uketsuke) counter .

Note: Please make sure to take a book from the shelf 30 minutes before closing.

Accessing Closed Stack

  • Please ask the staff at the counter on the second floor for the business materials and third floor for classics and Osaka related materials.

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