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Seikado Bunko Library and Art Museum: Library (図書室)


General Information

Facility: Seikado Bunko Library

2-23-1, Okamoto, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0076

Telephone +81-3-3700-2250
FAX: +81-3-3-3700-2481
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:20 
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, August, New Year's Holidays


About the Library:

Seikado was founded by Baron Yanosuke Iwasaki who is the younger brother of Yataro Iwasaki, the second president of Mitsubishi. Later its collection has expanded by Baron Koyata Iwasaki, Yanosuke's son.   Seikado Bunko Library holds about 200,000 library materials, which are donated from Baron Yanosuke and Koyata Iwasaki.  The collection is devoted to Japanese and Chinese Classics.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: 

  • Books: 200,000 volumes

    • Japanese: 80,000 volumes

    • Chinese: 120,000 volumes

Notable Collection(s): 

  • Please see the notable collections (主要貴重書, Shuyō Kichiyō sho).

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

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How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required

  • Please verify the desired material is available by using their database
  • Please ask your home institution library to contact them to verify if the desired material is available  
  • A letter of Introduction (紹介状 Shōkaijō) from your home institution library is required. Please use the following form if your home institution does not have one:
    • A letter of Introduction (Word,  PDF)
  • A library materials request form (図書閲覧願 Tosho etsuran negai ) from your home institution library, is also needed. Please use the following form if your home institution does not have one:
    • Library Materials Request Form (Word,  PDF)
  • Please send the request form to:



  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.

  • Some of  the library materials are not allowed to photocoping due to their condition.

  • Please consult the library staff for details.

Accessing Rare Materials:

Some of the rare materials are only available on micro-film.

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