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The Bodleian Japanese Library was opened to readers in April 1993 in the newly constructed building of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies in the precincts of St. Antony's College. It is an open-access library, with seating space for thirty-two users at any one time. It consists of the Main Reading Room and offices on the ground floor, the Bookstack, the New Media Room, and the Rare Book Room in the basement. The main collection is in the Bookstack, while the reference works are arranged by subject on the perimeter shelves in the Main Reading Room.

The Library, combining Bodley's extensive holdings on Japan with the residual collection of the Nissan Institute Library, houses the University's principal collections relating to Japan. Whereas the collections transferred from the central Bodleian site remain for reference only, the residual Nissan holding may be borrowed by members of the University.


The Bodleian Japanese Library (BJL) is a dependent library of the Bodleian. All persons wishing to use the Library must be accredited readers of the Bodleian Library and comply with its regulations. All readers must obtain a Bodleian Library Reader's Card and carry it at all times when using the Library and produce it on entry or at any other time if asked to do so.

Readers should sign the register at the counter on their first visit. As this library is intended primarily for those working on Japan and related subjects, other readers may have restricted access to some facilities.

Opening Hours

Term Time:

0th week       
  • Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
Weeks 1-8
  • Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
9th week
  • Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Closed on Saturday
  • Mon-Fri 9.15 am - 5.00 pm
  • Closed on Saturdays
  • Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive
  • August Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Eve to New Year's Day inclusive