Rare Books

About rare books in the General Library

Materials with call numbers that begin with "A00" and "A05" (Japanese books) and "A100" and "A150" (foreign books), and records of 50-year history of Imperial University of Tokyo are treated as rare books.
Access to these books is only permitted under the following condition and by following the required process.

  • You may browse the rare books only when there is special necessity. If there are microforms or digitized data, these are what you should use unless there is a specific reason to use the original.
  • You need an advance reservation to browse rare books. Requests to access rare books will not be accepted without advance reservation.




  • Present the duplicate of your submitted application form along with the reply from the Reference & ILL Section at Service Counter.
  • Hours: from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays (closed from 12:00 to 13:00)
  • Only notebooks and valuables (wallet) may be brought to the reading room. Pencils and a measuring tape are equipped.


  • Order photocopies of rare books at Service Counter. This takes at least a few weeks.
  • Readers may take photographs of materials for their personal use.
    • Up to 10 pictures
    • Application at the counter is required.


Please click "Apply" below.

  • Send the form by 17:00 three business days before the desired date of your appointment.
    Note: A form submitted on a Saturday, Sunday, or national holiday will be treated as received on the next business day.
  • If you do not know the call number or the bibliographic information of the material you wish to examine, contact the General Library Inquiry Form.
  • Volume limit: 5 volumes at one time; 10 volumes in one day.
  • If you would like to apply by mail or fax, please visit this page.