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How to use Ueno Library

*Off campus visitors must make a reservation at least one week in advance.


Established in conjunction with the founding of Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo University of the Arts; the former name: Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) in May of 1949, the university library was formed from the merging of Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko Bunko (Library of the Academy of the Fine Arts, Tokyo) and Tokyo Ongaku Gakko Toshoka (The Tokyo Academy of Music Library Division). Thus this library, with over a century-long history and ca. 490,000 volumes (80% of which are related to the arts), is one of the representative centers for research on art in Japan.
In adition to books and periodicals, there is a large collection of musical scores and audio-visual media, such as CDs, LPs, LDs, videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs.
Ca. 340,000 volumes of library materials can be found through WebOPAC (Tokyo Geijutst Daigaku Library Online Public Access Catalogue). OPAC page requires Internet Explorer version 5.5, Netscape Navigator version 4.7 or above. The card catalogue contains the description about materials not yet available through OPAC.



  • 12-8 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8714 JAPAN
  • A 10 minute walk from either Ueno (Park exit) or Uguisudani stations. A 15 minute walk from Ueno Station on the Ginza and Hibiya subway lines. A 10 minute walk from Nezu Station on the Chiyoda Subway Line.
  • TEL:050-5525-2428 (Circulation Desk)
  • TEL:050-5525-2429 (Reference and Interlibrary Loan Desk)
  • FAX:03-3828-8298


  • 5000, Omonma, Toride, Ibaraki-ken, 302-0001 JAPAN
  • A 15 minute ride on the Otone Kotsu Bus from the East exit of Toride Station on JR Joban Line to Tokyo Geidaimae bus stop. JR Toride Station is 40 minutes from JR Ueno Station on the Joban Line.
  • TEL:0297-73-8072
  • FAX:0297-73-8085



  • Monday-Friday: 9:00-20:00(Request for stack materials:9:00-18:30)
  • Saturday:10:00-17:00(Request for stack materials:10:00-16:45)
  • During vacation:Monday-Friday:9:00-17:00(Requests for stack materials:9:00-16:45)
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Rare books,, music scores, AV materials are in closed stacks.
  • On Saturdays services are limited to viewing materials, borrowing, photocopying. Reference service are not available.


  • Monday-Friday: 10:30-17:00
  • Closed on Saturdays.


  • Sundays, Public holidays, University Founding Day (October 4)
  • Summer holidays (3 days in mid-August)
  • New Year's break (December 28-January 3)
  • Library inventory break (2 weeks in early March)
  • After inventory break, Ueno Campus Library is closed to guests for about 1 week, because of the University's entrance examination.


GEIDAI users viewing, borrowing, photocopying materials, UENO-TORIDE inter-site document delivery *, reference and interlibrary loan services are available
Guests ** viewing, photocopying materials, and reference service are available

*   No more than 10 copies of books, music, journals, AV materials maybe requested per each client.

** If you are not Geidai students, faculty or staff, please contact Circulation Desk before your visit.
UENO library TEL: 050-5525-2428 ; TORIDE library TEL:0297-73-8071


STATUS of users NUMBER of Books permitted * Loan PERIOD
Undergraduate (1st-3rd year)・Auditor・Special course student 10 volumes 14 days, 2 renewals
Undergraduate (4th year)・Graduate student (Master) 15 volumes 28 days, 2 renewals
Graduate student (Doctor)・Researcher/Research student 20 volumes 28 days, 2 renewals
Faculty・Staff 30 volumes 28 days, 2 renewals

*  Books and music can be lent out, but others are In-library use only.


  • Photocopying of material protected by copyright is regulated by the Japanese Copyright Law, article 31.
    → see: Copyright Law of Japan
    Materials must belong to the library.
    Photocopies must be used only for your own research or study purpose.
    Photocopies should be less than half of the total pages of a work.
    Only one set can be copied per person.
  • Before copying materials you must fill out the Application to Photocopies.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse a photocopying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of order would involve violation of copyright law.
  • Copy fee is charged.
  • Monochrome full-scale Xerox copy only.


Assistance is available to users wishing:
To locate the materials not at Tokyo Geidai
To find information through reference books.


Books not available at the Tokyo Gedai can be obtained in several ways:
Borrow from another library (delivery fee charged)
Obtain photocopies of specefic articles from another library (delivery and copy fee charged)
Visit another library to research (in some cases an official introductory letter may be necessary)


Japanese Books 251,201 volumes
Foreign Books 114,176 volumes
Music 97,722 volumes
Records(LP, EP etc.) 19,831 volumes
Compact Discs 6,137 volumes
Laser Discs 1,133 volumes
Video Casettes 1,144 volumes
Microfilms 2,212 volumes
Microfishes 4,359 volumes
CD-ROMs 153 volumes
DVDs 1,119 volumes
Total 499,187 volumes
Japanese periodicals 3,202 titles
Foreign periodicals 1,562 titles
Total 4,764 titles