Komaba Library/ Arts and Sciences Library
The Komaba Library/Arts and Sciences Library (henceforth Komaba Library) was opened in October 2002 in the Komaba campus, as one of three libraries located on each campus of the University of Tokyo (Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa). The Komaba Library is situated at the eastern edge of the campus overlooking the Communication Plaza courtyard and consists of six stories, four stories above ground and two stories below. It provides a bright, open environment for all students, researchers and staff and holds approximately 600,000 books and 3,500 journals. Of the 1,300,000 books held on the Komaba campus about half are located in the Komaba Library, ranging from academic textbooks to specialist texts from across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. 。
One of the key features of the Komaba Library is its dual function as both an educational library for the university and as a research library for the College and Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences.
To support student learning, the library is continuously stocked with academic textbooks and provides an environment suitable for private study and Internet use. The library also has a syllabus corner, where undergraduates can peruse set texts from the College of Arts and Sciences syllabus (Lecture Guideline) at any time. The library also co-ordinates with first year courses to provide tours on how to use the library and OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), so that students in the Junior Division can get the most out of the library to aid their studies.
To support research, the library organises classes on how to use various electronic journals and field-specific databases. The library will also order books and materials from overseas if they cannot be found in Japan.
In addition to the above, researchers may also have access to rare books such as old edition books from the Edo period, Kitani-Bunko, and Dai-Nippon Kaishi Edited materials; books and materials handed down from the First High School (Ichiko); as well as collections endowed by those with close ties to the College of Arts and Sciences, such as Kawai Bunko, Mitani Bunko, Yanaihara Bunko, and Maeda Bunko. Books and materials handed down from the First High School are currently undergoing digitalization and indexing for OPAC as 'Ichiko Bunko', and it is hoped that the full extent of its content will be available in the near future.
Komaba Library Opening Hours
Weekdays (during the semester) 8:30~22:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays 9:00~19:00
The Sciences Library holds 50,000 books and 1,100 different journals, including bulletins from overseas universities. The library is used by faculty members, graduate students and research students of the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Life Science, Basic Science, and General Systems Studies), as well as by students of the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, General Systems Studies, and Life and Cognitive Sciences. Books held by this library encompass Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences and Astrophysics, as well as cross-disciplinary fields. The library also holds key journals in each field published in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with the oldest being the 1868 edition of the 'Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft (Journal of the German Chemistry Society)'.
The Center for Pacific and American Studies (CPAS)
The Center for Pacific and American Studies was established on 1st April 2000 to replace the former Resource Center for American Studies. The Resource Center was established in 1967 to create a foundation for American Studies in Japan, and was the only body dedicated to American Studies across all national universities in Japan. The resources and documents collected by the Center were open to all researchers and aspiring scholars of America throughout Japan. The new Center aims to expand the scope of research to the wider Pacific, mainly to North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as enrich the collection for greater public access. From 2010, the Center has functioned as one branch of the Institute for Advanced Global Studies.
At of March 2011, the library holds 70,000 materials (including bound magazines, microforms, and audio-visual materials), 730 kinds of serial publications, and a large collection of materials across various fields such as politics, economics and history.
As part of research activities, the Center invites researchers from the US, Australia and other countries for lectures and research seminars. Every year, the Center also hosts the highly popular open symposiums, in light of the ever-changing Japan-US relationship and growing interest in the Asia-Pacific region. In terms of publications, the Center publishes the research bulletin 'Pacific and American Studies', as well as the 'CPAS Newsletter' that reports the Center's latest activities. The Center also publishes the 'Pacific and American Studies Series' to replace the former 'America Study Series'.