Current Students


The University Library provides about 2.5 million, books and about 29,000 periodicals at the Central Library,the Art and Physical Education Library,the Medical Library,the Library on Library and Information Science, and the Otsuka Library. You need your studentID to use the library. For more information,refer to the "Library Guide" of the University of Tsukuba Library or the library website or ask the library staff.In the Central Library, volunteer staff will help you with any issues in both Japanese and English. Please feel free to ask them.

Library Hours

Note: All libraries are closed between the year-end and New Year holidays.In addition,the libraries may be temporarily closed at times, and announcements are posted in advance on the library website.

Using Library Materials

At all libraries, a full open-stack system enables all users to easily retrieve books and periodicals of their interest. The library has adopted an open-stack system for books and journals as well and users are free to use them within the libraries. Rare books,traditional books in Japanese binding, audio-visual materials, etc., may be used in accordance with the prescribed procedures.

Lending Services

Materials available: Common library materials (except for those with the label "for reference only," etc.)

Volume and loan period: Up to lo volumes for undergraduate students and up to 20 volumes for graduate students,for 3 weeks,renewable three times (unless the book has already been reserved by someone else).

Application: Books to be checked out should be presented at the main counter with your student ID card.If the library has an automated checkout system, you can check the books out yourself.

Reservations: Reservations for up to 5 volumes can be made through the OPAC system.

Mail service: Library patrons can receive reminders when their library books are due or when materials they have reserved become available. Please see the library website for information as to how you can subscribe to this system.

Late Penalties:If patrons are late in returning any borrowed materials,they will be penalized forlate return. On the day of returning the overdue book, and during the penalty period, patrons may not borrow,renew,reserve, or obtain library materials at any ofthe libraries.

Penalties are assessed on the basis of the most number of days the materials are overdue. For example,if a patron returns materials due on April 5. on April 11.the patron will be assessed a maximum penalty of 7 days (6 days from April 5 to 11. plus an additional day for reshelving).

The University of Tsukuba Digital Library (TULIPS)

The library website provides access to collection searches (OPAC) as well as various academic information resources such as electronic journals and databases. The system enables cross-searches of academic information resources from the libraries on campus orfrom other libraries. A simple click brings full information about reference materials and other related information resources (SFX).It provides a literature information management tool designed to help individuals (RefWorks). Rare books, degree dissertations and various journals and reports authored at the University of Tsukuba are also open to the public through the digitallibrary (Tsukuba Repository). Please feel free to use the system any time.

Orientation for International Students

Orientations regarding using the library are regularly held in English and Japanese. Check the library website or the bullet in board inside the library regarding the orientation schedule.


There is a coffee shop located at the entrance of the Central Library. Origami classes are also held throughout the year by volunteer staff in the library in order to introduce Japanese culture to students.