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【Tokyo】Library Hours and Services during the COVID-19 prevention and control)


The Japan Foundation Library (Tokyo) will reduce its hours and open only on Wednesday afternoon (by appointment only) until further notice.
JF Library hours may change at short notice depending on the situation with the spread of COVID-19 or any other unavoidable circumstances. Please refer to the Calendar when making an appointment.

We will temporarily suspend the use of PCs and AV equipment in the Library. As a result, some services and materials such as OPAC (JF Libraries’ Online Public Access Catalogue), KBS archives, and electronic journals cannot be used.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation

Please take this opportunity to try our Books-by-Mail service.

>Library Guide


Opening Hours

Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
* By appointment only (with a one-hour appointment slot, 3 persons at a time)

How to make an appointment

1. Please send us an email ( with the following information, no later than noon of the day (weekday) before your desired visiting date. We accept appointments up to 1 week ahead of time.
(When sending an e-mail, please replace the full-width "@" character with a half-width character.)

  1)Your name

  2) Desired date and time of your appointment
     <Available appointment slots>
    Wednesday: (1) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. / (2) 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / (3) 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / (4) 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  3)Name (s) of accompanying persons if applicable

2.We will send you a confirmation email in return.

3.Please bring the confirmation email with you when you visit.

<Privacy Policy>

The information you provide us – name, contact, and visiting date and time – will only be used for the following purposes:

To provide library services

If a COVID-19 case is found at our facility, we may contact you and/or provide the information to health centers, medical institutions, etc.


To all visitors

  • We conduct temperature checks upon your arrival.
  • All visitors must wear masks while in the Library.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after using library materials and devices.
  • Maintain a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from others.
  • Refrain from eating and drinking in the Library.
  • Face-to-face service at library counters is limited to 10 minutes. Reference services are also available via email (
    (When sending an e-mail, please replace the full-width "
    " character with a half-width character.)
  • We will temporarily suspend the use of PCs and AV equipment in the Library. As a result, the following services and materials cannot be used:

KBS Archives

Audiovisual material

Electronic books and journals


National Diet Library’s digitized materials


We encourage you to search in the OPAC prior to your visit.

  • Please do not forget to bring your ID card showing your current residential address if you want to borrow books. We will issue a library card.

Visitors with any of the following conditions are restricted from entering the Library:

  • Having fever of 37.5ºC or higher
  • Having flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, etc., or are not feeling well
  • Those who have returned or came from a country/area affected by COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Those who have been exposed to anyone known to have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Without a mask

At the Library, you can expect:

  • Staff members take their temperature and wear masks.
  • Vinyl curtains are installed at counters.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is made available in the Library.
  • The facility is thoroughly sanitized and ventilated.
  • The Reading Room is arranged to meet social distancing requirements.
  • Returned books are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.

Thank you for your cooperation to keep all visitors safe during this time as we continually evaluate our services in relation to the COVID-19 situation.