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Use of External Library Materials

If the materials you require are not held by the library, the use of external libraries is possible. When making requests to use other libraries, please do so only after thoroughly checking the collections of Hitotsubashi University Library.

Investigating which library has the materials you require can be done via the online search services available at the reference corner, such as the National Institute of Informatics Information Services (NACSIS Webcat/Webcat Plus), or via the comprehensive catalog of foreign books. First look up whether there is a library that has the materials, and if so, then look up which library to use.

Visiting Other Libraries (Viewing Only)

Use of national libraries is possible for faculty/postgraduate students upon presentation of identification.
Since corporatization, undergraduate students as a rule no longer require a letter of introduction, but depending on the library concerned, advance notice may be required. Please inquire at the Help Desk.

Private university and private libraries still require a separate letter of introduction. Letters of introduction are issued at the Help Desk. Before a letter of introduction can be issued, the library to be visited will need to check its holdings, so please apply 3-5 days before your planned visit.

Note that the Renmin University of China Library, Tsuda College Library, International Christian University Library, the Keio University Mita Media Center, the Waseda University Central Library, can be used upon presentation of a faculty (full-time only) or student ID.

Letters of introduction can also be issued for library use after returning from periods of extended leave.

Please inquire at the Help Desk for conditions of use (required documents, library holidays and opening hours) for the relevant library.

Process for Issuing Letter of Introduction
(1) Application at Help Desk

(2) Request to other library for use/checking of holdings

(3) Reply from other library (usage permission)

(4) Applicant contacted

(5) Letter of introduction issued at Help Desk

E-mail for Letter of Introduction

The "(1) Application at Help Desk" in the issuing process for a letter of introduction above can also be done via the e-mail.

Please send us the e-mail by fully entering the following information:

  • Subject: [ask/ref]Visiting Other University Libraries
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    1. Name
    2. Department
    3. Position
    4. Student ID number (students only)
    5. Name of library you wish to visit
    6. Date of visit (must be specified)
    7. Title(s) of materials you wish to view (enter ISBN, ISSN if also known).
  • To: reference?lib.hit-u.ac.jp (Please replace ? with @)

Please apply 3~5 days before your planned visit.

We will issue the Letter of Introduction at the Help Desk during opening hour.

Visiting the IED library

  • Please show your faculty or student ID card, and submit User Card Application Form issued by Hitotsubashi University Library to the IDE Library. You will be provided with a user card which will enable you to enter the library and borrow materials.
  • Types of loanable materials and loan periods are below.
    Types of Materilas
    Loan Periods
    Check Out Limit
    Books
    30 days
    10 volumes
    Statistical Materials
    14 days
    ※Except for unloanable materials
  • Reservation is required to use maicrofilms and CD-ROMs. Please apply at least two days before you plan to use.
  • Please follow the rules of the IDE library to use other materials or facilities.
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