The Hitotsubashi University Library provides a variety of services to support your educational and research activities. We have compiled the following information for you to make use of library services.

Using the Library

For general information about library use, please refer to the pamphlet “Hitotsubashi University Library English Guide“. For details, please see the “Services" page on the library website.

A Staff ID card is required to use the library. Please bring it with you when you visit the library.
To use the copy machine for only faculty members in the library, you will need an IC card. Please apply for one in advance at the Respective Offices of Graduate Schools to which you belong.
Please also refer to the “Information For New Students 2023" on the library website as appropriate.

Obtaining Academic Information

If the materials you need are not available on campus, you may (A) submit a purchase request or (B) use materials held by other university libraries.

(A) Book Purchase Requests

Books purchased via Faculty Purchase Requests become “library assets" which is available for all users of the Library. Requests to purchase books for classes are also accepted. Click here for more information about purchasing library books.
Books purchased with your own research funds and for your own exclusive use will be purchased through your Respective Offices of Graduate Schools. Please contact the Respective Offices of Graduate Schools for procedures.
If you wish to purchase new journals, e-journals, or databases, please consult with the library committee of the graduate school you belong to.

(B) Using materials held by other libraries

Click here to request photocopies or Interlibrary Loan.
Click here to visit other libraries.

Educational Support

Library Guidance for Students

Various types of guidance are provided mainly for students on how to use the library and how to find academic information. On-demand guidance is also provided for seminars and class units.

Click here for a list of guidance sessions scheduled for the spring and summer semesters of 2023.

Reserve Books

Click here for information about the Reserved Books service, in which library materials designated for classes are placed on the first floor of the Main Library for a limited period of time for in-library use only.

Use of Copyrighted Works in Class

Article 35 of the revised Copyright Act came into effect on April 28, 2020, and the “Compensation System for Public Transmission for Educational Purposes" was launched. The University participates in the “Compensation System for Public Transmission for Educational Purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted materials in class, please refer to this page. The library provides consultation services when using contents such as e-journals, e-books, and databases that the University subscribes to for use in classes.

Graduation Theses Donation

The library holds the students’ graduation theses, and they are available for our university students and faculty members only. If students wish to donate their thesis, faculty members may donate to the library. (Students cannot donate their own thesis directly.) Please contact the Library Affairs Section after confirming that the prescribed “Thesis Information Form" (available at the Educational Affairs Division/CELS) is attached on the students’ thesis.

Support for Dissemination of Research Results

We supports the dissemination of research results. If you publish a paper, please make it available on HERMES-IR, and if you publish a book, please make it available on “Hitotsubashi University Faculty Books".

HERMES-IR (Hitotsubashi University Institutional Repository)

HERMES-IR is an electronic repository of knowledge that disseminates the results of Hitotsubashi University’s education and research activities (full-text articles, etc.) to the world via the Internet. Hitotsubashi University established the Hitotsubashi University Open Access Policy on October 19, 2009. Please submit academic papers, doctoral dissertations, working papers, reports of scientific research results, conference papers, etc. to “HERMES-IR".

Books by Hitotsubashi University Faculty Members

Books by Hitotsubashi faculty members and emeritus professors are introduced as “Books by Hitotsubashi Faculty" on the university website. When you publish a book, please donate it to the library. Please also send us an introduction of your own book by email. We will introduce it together with the cover image. Donated books will be displayed for a certain period of time in the “Corner for Donated Books Written by University Faculty" section on the 2nd floor of the Main Building to keep library users informed of research results for many years to come.

Contact us

Various inquiry forms are available on the library website. Please use these forms as much as possible except in emergencies.

13,000 academic ebooks published from 2017 to 2022 by Cambridge University Press or other partner press are now available.

Partner press: Boydell & Brewer, Edinburgh University Press, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute, Liverpool University Press, etc.

* Cambridge History Series, Cambridge Companion Series, Handbooks and Textbooks are also not covered.
* As a rule, purchase requests for eligible titles during this period will be cancelled.

ACCESS: Cambridge core
* Titles with this icon are available (including purchased ones).

* Off-campus access is available.
* For remote access, please go to Remote Access

Announce Equipment was repaired on March 9. Thank you for your cooperation.

Due to a malfunction of the announce equipment, we cannot announce to the library’s main building and reading room.
We apologize for the inconvenience until the equipment is repaired. The closing time is following;

FloorClosing Time
Reading Room18:30
Library Main Building19:00

Welcome to Hitotsubashi University!
All Hitotsubashi University Library staff are looking forward to helping you.

The library guide is here.

We have a playlist for new students on our YouTube channel. Please check it out as well. *Japanese ONLY

Opening Hours

Sat., Sun., Holidays
Sat., Sun., Holidays
Library Main Building8:40-22:008:40-19:009:30-20:009:30-19:00
Periodicals Annex8:40-21:308:40-18:309:30-19:309:30-18:30
Reading Room8:40-21:308:40-18:30

*more details, show here.

How to enter

Entrance of the library is at the Clock Tower on the West Campus.
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, the main entrance is closed. You can use the south entrance.
*Click here for details.

The student ID card is required to enter / exit the library or to checkout books.

Self-guided library tour gives you a brief overview of library service and facilities.
*Click here for details.

Guidance Information

Online guidance is available for new students in each undergraduate, graduate, and international program. You can view instructional videos and materials on how to use the library and how to find literature and information you need whenever you like.

How to use ▶Access from each link below ▶ Sign in with your Google Account for Hitotsubashi University ▶ Join a class ▶ View various contents

Circulation Service

Checkout LimitsLoan Period
(Books for study)
Loan Period
(Other books)
Undergraduate Students10 books2 weeks2 weeks
Graduate Students/Researchers30 books2 weeks2 months

*Click here for details.

About MyLibrary

With MyLibrary you can:

  • Check of Status of Loan/Reservation
  • Extension of Return Dates
  • Reservation for On-loan Materials
  • Request other campus materials
  • Group study room reservation
  • Photocopy / Interlibrary Loan
  • Book purchase request

*Click here for details.

IT environment

In the library, you can use the university’s wireless LAN and the same PC and printer as the Information Education Building.

*Click here for details.

Search Materials

You can search library materials and e-resource contents with HERMES-Search.
HERMES-Search is available from the search box in the center of the library website.

*Details on how to search are also provided within each guidance.

Databeses, e-Journals, e-Books

See below for the electronic resources available at Hitotsubashi University.

If you want to use them from off-campus, show here.


HERMES-IR (Institutional Repository) is an archive which collects, preserves and disseminates digital copies of research outputs of the University. Ph.D. Students of the University can deposit their research outputs, such as journal articles, theses and dissertations, department bulletin papers, reports of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKEN), working papers, conference papers and presentations, books to HERMES-IR. Please let us know when you have any of those.

*Click here for details.

Help Desk

You can ask a librarian about how to use the library, how to find materials and using materials from other institutions.

  • Place: Library Main Building 1st floor
  • Service Hour:
    [Quarter] Weekdays 9:00-17:00
    [Break] Weekdays 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00

* If you have any questions or concerns about the Help Desk, please use Ask a librarian (Web Form) to ensure that we understand the content accurately.

Rules and Regulations

  • Please take good care of books.
  • Please put books back in the original place after using them.
  • Please do not eat or drink.
    *Only drinks in sealed containers are allowed.
  • Please return books before due date.
  • Photography in the library requires prior application.

*Click here for details

Event Guide

The library holds a variety of events throughout the year. 
Click here for details. *Japanese ONLY

■ Asahi Shimbun Cross Search
All services will be suspended from 19:00 to 24:00 on March 13, 2023 .


Due to repair work of compact shelving on the 3rd floor of the Library Main Building, some materials and reading seats will be unavailable.

If you need to use materials in the repair work area, please check them out before the work begins.
During the repair work, you may reserve materials in the area.
You will be able to use them after the repair work is complete.
Learn more about reserving materials in this area.

This work is noisy.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Repair Work Period

Feb. 27 – Mar. 6

Library Main Building 3rd Floor, Shelf No. 73 – 90

[Call No.]
JP/CN/KR books(Kunitachi Classification) PAe:70 – Sc:769

Mar. 7 – 15

Library Main Building 3rd Floor, Shelf No. 46 – 72

[Call No.]
JP/CN/KR books(Kunitachi Classification)
MAe:39 – PAe:69, Large Books P – S, Extra Large Books

How to reserve

Please send e-mail via the following;

Address: lib-service-order(at)

Title: Reservation materials on work area


  1. Your Name
  2. Student ID / Hitotsubashi Auth ID
  3. Book Title
  4. Call No.
  5. Book ID

We will send you an email when the book is ready.

If you request to reserve materials that are located outside of the repair work area, we will not accept your request. Please use them by yourself.

Due to the changeover of staff ID cards, those who have gone through the procedure for issuance of a new staff ID card will be able to use the library with the old ID card until February 19, 2023.
After February 20, please pick up your new ID card at the your department and use the library.

Entering the Library

Until you receive your new ID card, you can enter the library by the procedure for forgetting your staff ID card. Please ask the staff at the Circulation Counter.

Checkout (Borrowing)

Until you receive your new ID card, you will not be able to checkout books (including Same-day Checkout).
If for some reason you need to checkout books before receiving your new ID card, please ask the staff at the Circulation Counter.

You can use MyLibrary regardless of whether you have a new or old ID card.
Please use MyLibrary to extend the loan of a book you are currently borrowing.

We will inform you of cancelled databases from 2023. Check the list below.

These databases were decided by Library Committee, taking into consideration of usage.

For library users who will remain enrolled at Hitotsubashi University after April 2023, the user’s expiration date will be as follows:

Faculty and staff who have renewed the contractThe expiration date will be extended after April 3.
If you wish to extend your expiration date during the current fiscal year, please contact the Circulation Counter. (Weekdays 9:00-17:00)
Students who have extended enrollment
(enrolled under the same ID)
We will extend the expiration date around March 10 and post it in the “Message to you" section of MyLibrary.
We will NOT extend the due date of books, so please renew your loans yourself through MyLibrary.
Students continuing their education on campus or finding a job on campusIf you have documents (e.g., Letter of Admission) confirming your higher education or employment, you can issue a temporary Library card expire on March 31. Please contact the Circulation Counter with your documents. (Weekdays 9:00-17:00)
You CANNOT transfer borrowed items to a new student ID number. Please return them by March 31.
*Overdue penalties will carry over.

You must return all library materials when you graduate or retire in March 2023.
Please check your circulation status on MyLibrary.

All library services, including MyLibrary, expire at the end of your enrollment period.

For those who are graduating or completing their studies, it will expire on March 17, 2023, and for those who are retiring, it will expire on the end date of employment.
The expiration date is different from some Information Systems Management Headquarters services, such as Gmail.

You can return them to the book return drop outside the entrance or also mail them back.

  • Send them by traceable service. (e.g. “Yu-Pack", “Letter Pack" of Japan Post co., ltd.)
  • Wrap the books in a plastic bag to prevent rain and water.
  • Pay the postage yourself.

The delivery address is as follows;

2-1, Naka, Kunitachi-Shi, Tokyo, 186-8602
Hitotsubashi University Library, Circulation Counter
*If there is the product name field, please write “Return Book".