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【Tokyo】Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1:30-5:30 pm (by appointment only)


The Japan Foundation Library (Tokyo) is open limited hours by appointment only until further notice.

Library Hours:

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except national holidays) 1:30-5:30 pm (by appointment only)

The 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 temporarily suspend the use of AV equipment and some PCs in the Library.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

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


Opening Hours

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except national holidays): 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 and Thursday: (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

  1. We will send you a confirmation email in return.
  2. 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 temporarily suspend the use of AV equipment and some PCs in the Library. As a result, the following services and materials cannot be used:
    • KBS Archives
    • Audiovisual material
    • National Diet Library Digital Collections
  • 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.