International Students’ Library Guide

This page provides videos and PDF files on how to find materials and library services. Please refer to the attached documents.

*A list of e-books for the Tadoku to learn Japanese and a list of references for writing Japanese-language papers have been added to Recommended Books for FY2023.

Using the Library

Library Tour (Video)

We will show you the exterior and interior of the library through video. You can also see the facilities available in the library.
*This video was made for Hitotsubashi University Open Campus in 2021.

Library English Guide

For more detailed information about our facilities and services, please refer to the Hitotsubashi University Library English Guide.

Video on how to use the library

Hitotsubashi University Library’s official YouTube channel offers videos on how to use the library and find materials. There is also a playlist for new students on how to use the library and find materials, so please take a look.

Self-guided Library Tour

Self-guided library tour"10 things to do in the Library" gives you a brief overview of library service and facilities.

Use of PCs and printing in the Library

For information on how to use the PCs in the PC Corner of the library, please click here, and for information on how to use the network and printers when using a PC brought into the library, please click here.

Using Library Materials

HERMES-Search User Guide

HERMES-Search is a database of all the Library’s materials including e-journals, e-books and various citation information.
You will find search box on the Hitotsubashi University Library website.
For more details, check HERMES-Search User Guide and the webpage Searching HERMES-Search.

Database List

Hitotsubashi University offers a wide variety of databases. In addition to an overview of the databases, information on whether they can be used from off-campus, the number of simultaneous accesses, etc. is also listed. The descriptions of each database are in Japanese only.

Remote Access

Some e-resources (e-journals, e-books, databases) are available from off-campus. Follow the steps here.

Research Guide

A compact guide on how to find literature is available here. Printed copies are also available near the Help Desk on the first floor of the Main Library.

Search for Hitotsubashi University Theses

Theses of our graduates can be searched and used in the this way.

Books introducing Japan in English

Below is a list of books and e-books introducing Japan in English. We encourage not only current international students but also students aiming to study abroad to check these books. Click on the links to HERMES-Catalog on the PDF file to view the library’s holdings in HERMES-Catalog.

Reference books for Japanese thesis writing

We have selected books (in Japanese) from the library’s collection that are useful for writing Japanese-language theses.

Books for the Tadoku to learn Japanese

We have prepared e-books to help you learn Japanese by the Tadoku (extensive reading) method. The list is arranged in order of language levels, so please try to read them. eBooks is available at the KinoDen (Kinokuniya Digital Library) platform. For more information on how to use this service, please access to the KinoDen(Kinokuniya Digital Library) of Database List.

Using Materials From Other Universities

Search for materials held by other institutions

CiNii Books enables you to search for information on books and journals held by university libraries in Japan.


Materials not held by Hitotsubashi University Library may be borrowed requested photocopies from other libraries (ILL).
The applicant is responsible for the cost of the interlibrary loan.
The library provides a service that allows graduate students to borrow up to 5 books per person via the free interlibrary loan. This service is for loans only.

Visiting Other Libraries

If the materials you require are not held by the library, you may be able to use those items from other libraries.
Please check the website of the university library that holds the materials you wish to use if they are available for use by visitors, and if so, please apply using the form on this page.
For more information, please refer to here.

Student Purchase Request

Faculty and students can request books (including eBooks) for education and research via Faculty/Student purchase requests. Books purchased are ‘library assets’ available for all users of the Library.
There is a limit to the number of books requested per person. Also, some materials are not available for purchase. Please see here for details.

Help Desk

Feel free to ask Help Desk if you would like to consult with a librarian.
【Place】Library Main Building 1F
【Term time】Weekdays 9:00-17:00
【School Holidays】Weekdays 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00
You can also contact us by form. For more information, please refer to here.