Rare Books

About rare books in the General Library

The materials with call numbers that begin with "A00" "A05" (Japanese books) or "A100" "A150" (Foreign books) are treated as rare books.
They need the following condition and process to browse.

  • You can browse the rare books only when there is special necessity to use the original. If there are microforms or digitized data, you should use them unless there is a specific reason.
  • You need an advance reservation to browse the rare books. We cannot accept the request for the rare books without advance reservations.

Process

  • Application form
    • Fill in the "Application form for browsing rare books" (PDF: Japanese Only) and send it to the Reference Service Section.
  • Contact
    Reference Service Section, General Library, the University of Tokyo
    7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
    Fax: +81-(0)3-5841-2611
    E-mail: sanko@lib.u-tokyo.ac.jp
    • Send the form by 17:00 on the 3 days before the desired date.
      *We do not accept the request on Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays.
  • If you do not know the call number or the bibliographic information of the material you wish, contact the Reference Service Section.
  • Volumes limit: 5 volumes at one time. 10 volumes in one day.

Browsing

  • Show the duplicate of the application form you have sent and the reply from the Reference Service Section at the stack counter.
  • Hours: from 9:00 to 17:00 on the weekdays (unavailable from 12:00 to 13:00)

Photocopy

  • Order the photocopy of the rare books at the Service Counter 2. It takes at least a few weeks.
  • Taking photographs by yourself is not permitted.