Our library is open to all who express an interest in Japan and its culture.
I am always delighted to assist anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding and knowledge of Japan. The library is supported by the Enquiry section of the JICC who are able to provide knowledge and expertise in many areas.
What is the Japan Library Group? Who¡Çs involved?
The Japan Library Group was established in 1966 with the purpose of concentrating and exchanging knowledge and expertise in the field of Japanese studies and librarianship.
It consists of representatives from 20 libraries all over the UK and meets twice a year in order to discuss current issues regarding Japanese academic collections in the UK. Currently the individual libraries are struggling with developing collections and providing access to information in the face of decreasing budget and staffing levels. Users want access to e-resources and online databases but many libraries simply cannot afford to pay for them. The Japan Library Group provides a forum where libraries can address such challenges and collaborate to find solutions.
JICC Library Information
The Embassy library is open to the public from 9.30 to 12.45 and from 14.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday and is closed for British National Holidays and Embassy holidays.
The library stocks a variety of books in both Japanese and English. Daily newspapers in both languages are also kept in the library as well as a range of periodicals and government papers. Books (maximum of two) may be borrowed for up to two weeks on presentation of identification and an introductory letter on headed paper. We regret that there are no photocopying services available. The library is also able to provide a free video-viewing service and we also have a CD listening station where visitors can listen to all kinds of Japanese music. We invite you to come to the Embassy and see for yourself!