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Overview and History


In 1977, to commemorate our college's 100th anniversary, Japan's first underground library opened on Imadegawa Campus. It attracted much public attention with its unique design that blended in the campus landscape and maintained Miss Denton's old garden of trees and lawn. Another branch of the library opened in Chitoku-kan in 1986, simultaneously with the opening of Kyotanabe Campus, and was relocated in 1990 to the first and second floors of Sokei-kan. The Imadegawa and Kyotanabe libraries mainly collect materials in the specialized areas of the departments located on their respective campuses.

The libraries house not only written published materials such as books and periodicals, but also various other types of materials from audio-visual materials such as DVDs and CDs to music scores. They also offer up-to-date services like databases, e-journals and e-books, providing full support to users engaged in study and research. In future the libraries will endeavor to expand their collections of educational and research materials while providing a comfortable environment for users, in order to become an appealing facility as well as an essential site for study and research. Overall services will also continue to improve, including collecting and making available a wide range of materials.

We hope you will make the most of our libraries and find our services useful for your research and study.

Library Overview

  • 【Floor space (as of April 2016)】
  • Imadegawa Library 2,953m2 Kyotanabe Library 6,661m2
  • 【Collections (as of April 2016)】
  • Books: approx. 565,107 (Imadegawa 205,862; Kyotanabe 359,245)
  • Academic journals: 7,821
  • Audio-visual materials: 37,581
  • Music scores: 24,814

Kyotanabe Library


Kyotanabe Library is located in Sokei-kan on the western end of Kyotanabe Campus, occupying three floors from the first basement to the second floor. The library consists of the East Wing, which opened in 1990, and the West Wing, added in 2005. The library boasts various facilities: General Collections Room, closed stacks, Rare Books Room, Computer Room, Music Library (storing music scores), and Audio-Visual Library, all in the vast floor space of 6,600 square meters.
The General Collections Room, with 552 seats and stacks that can hold up to 250,000 books, contains a variety of materials for study and research. The closed stacks hold approximately 190,000 specialized materials used mainly by faculty, graduate students, and final-year students.
The Rare Books Room stores rare materials including the collected works of George Cruikshank (1792-1878), the British caricaturist and book illustrator.

  • Kodo, Kyotanabe City, Kyoto 610-0395
  • Approx. 10 minutes' walk from Kintetsu Kodo Station (30 min. from Kyoto Station, 20 min. from Yamato-Saidaiji Station)
  • Approx. 3 minutes' walk from JR Doshishamae Station (approx. 40 min. from Kyobashi Station by Rapid train)

Imadegawa Library


Library architect Azusa KITO designed this underground library in 1977 to cope with space limitation on the campus. The building is roofed with green lawn and houses a vast underground library away from other campus buildings.

  • Imadegawa-dori Teramachi Nishi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0893
  • Approx. 5 minutes' walk east from Subway Imadegawa Station via JR Kyoto or Hankyu Karasuma stations (approx. 15 min. from Kyoto Station)
  • Approx. 10 minutes' walk west from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station