In April limited, the help desk for international students has been set up. The student staff would support international students with any questions or requests regarding library services. Please feel free to consult the student staff.

Implementation period: April 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26th
Opening Hours: As of the date above 13:00~17:00
Venue: Help desk on the 1st floor of the Main Library
Supported Languages: Japanese, English

*Explanation of the library usage will be given to international students from 15:15 on April 16, 19, 23, 26th. (about 30 minutes)  
 Please join us!

Questions include but are not limited to:

  • How to find access to certain books or articles,
  • How to use the self-checkout machines,
  • How to borrow certain reading materials from other institutions,
  • How to print electronic files in the library.

We have entered into a three-year transformative agreement (*1) with Elsevier from April 2024 to March 2027.

*1 Transformative Agreement
This is the agreement under which the fees paid by universities and other institutions to publishers for access to articles will be progressively converted to APCs (Article Processing Charges), with the aim of expanding open access publication.

Under this agreement, open access publication of articles submitted as Corresponding Author to Core Hybrid Journals in Elsevier’s designated Freedom Collection is eligible for OA support.

For more information, please see the following page;

Support for Open Access

13,000 academic ebooks published from 2018 to 2023 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

Due to the repair work of the compact shelving, the following area is not available.
If you wish to use the materials located in the area, please ask at the circulation counter.

Date: March 26, 2024. 9:00-17:00

LocationCall No.
Periodicals Annex 4th floor[ZY:587]~[ZYK:50] of Bound Periodicals (Chinese)
[ZAA:2]~[ZBM:6] of Bound Periodicals (English)
Periodicals Annex 5th floor[ZQA:70]~[ZSA:149] of Bound Periodicals (English)

Also, noise may be occurred.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

The Library will be closed for the maintenance on March 12, 2024.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

If you hope to publish your submitted paper as Open Access (OA), an Article Processing Charge (APC) is required in many cases.
See the following pages for more information on Open Access support at Hitotsubashi University.

Support for Open Access

The computer area on the 1st floor will be unavailable due to routine maintenance on March 13 from 1 pm until closing time.
We thank you for your understanding.

Welcome to our University.
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 2024" 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 2024.

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 bring the students’ thesis to the library counter after confirming that the prescribed “Thesis Information Form" (available at the Educational Affairs Division/CELS) is attached on the thesis.

Support for Dissemination of Research Results

We supports the dissemination of research results as below.

Support by Transformative Agreement

When publishing your research as Open Access (OA), an Article Processing Charge (APC) is often required. The University promotes OA publication of your paper through transformative agreements with publishers. Please see here for further information.

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 (Oct. 19, 2009) and the Hitotsubashi University Policy for Research Data Management and Sharing (Mar. 3, 2023). Please submit academic papers, doctoral dissertations, working papers, reports of scientific research results, conference papers, research data, 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.

Use of Other Libraries in the University

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.

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, the same PCs as in the Information Education Building, and printers.

*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
From 4/2/2024 to 6/30/2024 (tentative), “The Guide to Books for Report and Dissertation Writing" is on display for new students. *Japanese ONLY

Use of Other Libraries in the University

Library online service will be unavailable due to system maintenance. We thank you for your understanding.

DateTimeService to suspend
3/12 (Tue.)8:00~13:30・HERMES-Catalog (Online Library Catalog)
・Database List
・E-mails with domain names of
  • Library will be closed on 3/12 (Tue.).
  • Delivery of e-mails from the Library may be delayed.
  • Time of service suspension may change depending on situation.