Library

図書館(としょかん) is free and awesome. I live in Shibuya-ku. There are 10 libraries in Shibuya-ku (crazy right?).

Eligibility

Any resident in Japan.

Get a member card

Go to the library and apply with your 在留(ざいりゅう)カード/けんこうほけんしょう/うんてんめんきょしょう, fill out a form.

The staff will issue you a card (りようしゃカード) immediately!

How many can you rent?

本や雑誌は 30 冊まで、CD などの視聴覚(しちょうかく)資料(しりょう)は 10 点まで。
30 books/magzines, 10 CDs/audiovisual data.

Rent books

本を借りたい。

Each library has a self-renting machine that you scan your member card, then stack books on designated area, whola, renting is done.

Make a reservation online

Go to the library's website, login with your member number + first-time password1

貸出中のものや、ほかの図書館の本や雑誌、CD などの視聴覚(しちょうかく)資料(しりょう)を取寄せいたします。
If the book/magzine/CD you want is in library B, but you live close to library A. They will send the book from B to A and let you know by email.

Rent Period

2 週間借りることができます。予約が入っていなければ、返却期限の延長ができます。
2 weeks. If no reservation lines up, you can extend the return date.

1 回に限り、当初の返却日から 2 週間の延長をすることができます。
Extend the original return date for another two weeks2.

Return books

返却(へんきゃく)

If you did not make it on the date you need to return to the library, you can return in the book post (ブックポスト).

Donate books

本を寄贈(きぞう)したいです。

Bring your books to the library, fill in a form (寄贈申込書(もうしこみしょ)), and they will take it.

If somehow they could not take it, you can leave them at the 交換(こうかん)コーナー to let other people take it.

日本の美しい図書館