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Otani University: Library (図書館)


General Information

Otani University Library
Koyama-Kamifusacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8143
9:00-20:30, Saturday: 10:00-17:30
Sunday, Holidays


About the Library:

The Otani University library opened in April, 2002. is regarded as one of foremost libraries for the study of the humanities in Japan. A major characteristic of the library lies in its extensive holdings in Buddhist books and materials. The Library holds collection of ancient manuscripts and Buddhist texts from major areas of Buddhist influence, especially central and east Asia. It also has one of the world's largest collections of Tibetan, Pa-li, and Sanskrit texts.

In addition, The rich collection of materials on east Asia also make the library one of the leading centers for Sinological research. These collections are accessible to the public. The Library welcomes researchers from other institutions.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: 780,000 books and about 6,000 journals and newspapers

Notable Collection(s)

  • Kōya-san Zappitsu shū (高野雑筆集): Miscellaneous Writings on Mount Kōya, important cultural property
  • Sangō shiki chū shū (三教指帰注集): written by Kukai, annotated Sangō shiki  Complete version, important cultural property
  • Sōtaku Shingyō zenji koukyōhi (宋拓 信行禅師興教碑): Song period rubbing of a Tang period monument, an important cultural property


Digital Collection(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Service Hours:

  • 9:00-17: 00
  • Saturday: 10:00-16:30

Prior to the Visit:

  • Letter of Introduction (紹介状 Shōkaijō) from your home institution are required, or may be adapted from the following form, if the home institution does not have such a form:
    • Letter of Introduction (Word,  PDF)
  • Users also need a current and valid ID issued by their home institution.

Floor Maps: For the locations of library materials, please refer to "利用案内" .


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Please fill out the copy request form (複写申込用紙 Fukusha mōshikomiyōshi) and submit this at the counter.

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