Otaru University of Commerce
[April 4 – August 6] Only the first floor of library partially open. (Only for Student and faculty, closed on Sundays and public holidays) The library is being renovated now.
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 460,000 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.
(Library Calendar 2019-20)
|Monday – Friday
(As Abobe) Vacations
(As Abobe) Vacations
How to Find Materials
You can search some materials through the Online Catalog.
You can read materials on the 1st-3rd floors freely. After reading the books, please return them to the place where you found them.
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.
When you borrow books, you have to show your student ID card or your library ID card.
You are not allowed to check out more than a given number of books, depending on your status.
|Status||Not more than||Loan period|
4th year Students
(1st-3rd year Students)
|External Borrowers||5||16 days|
|Books on the 2nd & 3rd Floor
(Except for External Borrowers)
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.
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.
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.
Our materials are available to external borrowers.
3-5-21 Midori, Otaru, Hokkaido, 047-8502, JAPAN