Otaru University of Commerce

Opening hour of Library

About the Library

 The Library of Otaru University of Commerce is located in the center ofthe campus; its academic heart. There is a great variety of books and periodicals,mainly in the field of social science, collected from Japan and abroad,providing a fount of information for our faculty and students. In our collectionthere are about 470,000 books. We take more than 12,000 titles in our periodicalsection and we are adding to this every year.

 In a departure from the concept of conventional libraries where peoplesit and read quietly, the remodeled library’s main floor (2F) featuresa group learning room and an open space as part of an active educationarea for students. The floor is also used as a learning commons area wherestudents can work together.

 The main floor is designed for activities to stimulate intellectual curiosityin various ways. In this regard, it is used as a venue for lectures, seminars,research presentations and other events with diverse themes, and showcasestopical literture with a mixture of actual publications and digital signage.

 The third floor is more in keeping with the conventional image of universitylibraries. Books and scholarly journals nacessary for study are made readilyavailable to support intensive learning by individual students. The seatingis designed so that users can concentrate on their own work without distraction.

 The latest materials are collected and provided at the library to fulfillthe needs of students and faculty members. These include books necessaryfor study, periodicals, electronic journals and databases. The facility’sextensive collection, which has been built over the university’s historyof more than 100 years, is one of the nation’s largest, and includes avariety of important documents in the field of social science and otherareas.

*Special Books Collections & Rere Books, Digital exhibits

Open Hours

(Library Calendar 2022-23)

Monday – Friday (As Abobe) Vacations 9:00-19:30 9:00-17:00
Saturday (As Abobe) Vacations 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
Sunday, National Holidays 10:00-17:00

Closeing Days


  • August 11th-14th (Summer break)
  • Dec. 24th-Jun. 4th (Year End & New Years’ holidays)
  • January 14th-15th (2023 Examination)
  • Februay 25th (2023 Examination)

How to Find Materials

 You can search some materials through the Online Catalog.

Open Stacks

 You can read materials on the 1st-3rd floors freely. After reading the books, please return them to the place where you found them.

Closed Stacks

 Please fill in the order form at the counter, if you want to read materials on the Special books & Rare books room (3rd floor) & Theses room (2nd floor)


 We have a self-sevice copy machine in the library. You can get a copy card at the University Coop. When you photocopy materials, please obseve the copyright law.

ID Cards

 When you borrow books, you have to show your student ID card or your library ID card.

Use Limits

You are not allowed to check out more than a given number of books, depending on your status.

Status Not more than Loan period
Professors 100 1 year
Staff 10 30 days
Graduate Students, 4th year Students 30 60 days
Undergraduate Students (1st-3rd year Students) 10 30 days
Professor Emeritus, Part-time Lecturers 30 180 days
External Borrowers 5 16 days
Books on the 2nd & 3rd Floor (Except for External Borrowers) 30 days

Returning Books

 You do not have to show your ID card. When you return books, please bring them to the counter or put them into the book post.


 You can reserve a book which is on loan. Please fill in the reservation form at the counter.


 Items may be renewed, unless requierd by another reader. For renewal, please bring the item with your ID card to the counter.

Reference Service

 You can ask a librarian any question at the counter. The Reference Unit receives questions at the counter or please fill in the reference order form.

Inter-Library Loans

 If the book you are looking for is not in the library, we can borrow it from other libraries. If the article in a periodical is not in the library, you can order a photocopy. You will only be charged for copying expenses and postage.

External Borrowers

 Our materials are available to external borrowers, but to prevent spread of COVID-19, we have made restrictions on use (shortening of the opening time and thinning out some seats). External users cannot use this library for the time being. Thank you for your understanding.

Library Location

3-5-21 Midori, Otaru, Hokkaido, 047-8502, JAPAN

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Contact Us

National University Corporation

Otaru University of Commerce. Library & Academic Information Section, Users Support Unit

Tel: 0134-27-6541 (Counter)

Tel: 0134-27-5273 (Office) FAX: 0134-27-5275 (Section) E-mail: