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Changes to ILCAA Library Service to Prevent Spread of New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection

From Oct 1 (Thu), to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, we change the library service temporarily as follows from May 15.

[Open hour] Monday-Friday (9:30-17:00)


  • To use the reading seat, receive the seat number card at the counter and Use a designated seat.
  • Only TUFS students and staff are permitted to enter the Library (including Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Gaigokai members, junior fellows, fellow, joint researchers and other visitors). ※1

    ※1 Information for visitors is as below.

    Please contact in advance by e-mail to Library Acquisition Section<tosho-ukeire[at]> (Please change [at] to@.) with the following information:

    ・Your name and affiliation, visiting date, contact information

    ・Books to browse (if already picked)

    ・If you need copying , reading a microfilm, visiting the main library or not.

    * The service may be further changed according to the future situation. For inquiries, please contact the following.

    Contact: Academic Information Division
    E-mail: tosho-ukeire[at] (Please change [at] to @.)

    We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


    In order to facilitate inter-university joint research, the Institute Library has been making every effort since its establishment in 1964 to collect materials and basic data indispensable for the study and research of languages and cultures of Asia and Africa. As of now, library holdings total 140,000 volumes, 1,800 titles of journals, 12,000 reels of microfilm, 70,000 sheets of microfiche, and other digitized materials (documents, maps, photographs, videos).

    The library has holdings of several rare materials. Among the remarkable resources are: the Khmer script version of the Tripitaka (the Buddhist sacred texts). The original texts have been lost during the wars in Cambodia. However, reproductions were made from the ones in the Institute Library, and then donated to the cultural and educational institution and temples in Cambodia. These reproductions of the texts contributed to the revitalization of Cambodian culture. The library also possesses a valuable collection by the late Prof. Erin Asai (1895-1969), a renowned scholar of Austronesian studies. The collection, acquired in 1970, includes land contract documents, videos, photographs, lexicon, linguistic material, field notes on the indigenous people of Taiwan.

    Among the other remarkable resources are:

    • A collection of theatrical posters in Ottoman period.
    • Description de l'Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches, 2nd ed.
    • Views in Cairo, a collection of lithographs depicting Cairo in 19th century by Robert Hay.
    • 65 Iranian newspapers issued from the late 19th century to 1970.
    • Back numbers of the monthly Bengali literary journals published during the 19th and 20th centuries.
    • A set of pictures describing sugar manufacture of the Qing period.
    • A Picture book of people in Taiwan illustrating Taiwan folklore in Qing period.
    • The Mongolian Buddhism Texts of the Qing period
    • The Mongolian Bible (St. Petersburg, 1819)
    • The Records of the Manzhouguo (Manchukuo) Legation in Thailand
    • The Papers of Jisaku Shinoda, a Japanese colonial official in the pre-Second World War’s Korea
    • The Korea’s Joseon Dynasty documents (ex-Prof. Hiroyuki Miura Collection)
    • Qing Archival Documents

    The Institute Library also houses personal collections of the following prominent linguists and historians:

    Kengo Yamamoto (the Manchurian language), Takashiro Kobayashi (the Mongolian history), Shinji Maejima (the Islamic studies), Ioketek Ong (the Taiwanese language and culture).

    Also, a part of the collection of Kazuo Otsuka (anthropology, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies) is included.

    For further details, the latest information, and how to use materials at ILCAA, please see the following website:

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