Research Library

The Research Library at the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, National Institutes for the Humanities, "National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics," collects and stores mainly research materials and linguistic resources concerning Japanese language studies and the Japanese language, as well as related fields such as Japanese language education, linguistics, etc.

This is the only library specialized in the Japanese language and linguistics in Japan.
The general public may use the Research Library only if they wish to use the library's collection for research or other purposes.
The main entrance to the institute is locked. Please call the person in charge at the main entrance.

  • Open Monday through Friday
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00
  • Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, the summer vacation (3 days in August), the New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4), and the last Friday of each month.
    The library may be temporarily closed as necessity demands.
  • Library Calendar
  • Access

Information for Visitors - Visiting the Library


Holdings Number of Items

(As of April 1, 2024)

  • Books: 163,953
    (in Japanese 130,292, in foreign languages 33,661)
  • Journals: 5,972
    (in Japanese 5,438, in foreign languages 534)
  • E-Books: 1,577
    (in Japanese 3, in foreign languages 1,574)
  • E-Journals: 84
    (in Japanese 2, in foreign languages 82)

Special Collections

Tojo bunko (dialects), Ota bunko (dialects), Hoshina bunko (language issues), Kenbo bunko (dictionaries), Kanamozikai bunko (characters/notation), Fujimura bunko (phonology), Hayashi bunko (Japanese Linguistics), Koshimizu bunko (pedagogical studies of the Japanese Language), Nakamura bunko (Japanese Linguistics), etc.

Interlibrary Loan Services

We are members of NACSIS-ILL system of the National Institute of Informatics.

* If you are affiliated with a university, you may request a copy or a book through your university library and receive the copy or the book by mail. The procedure is different at each university. For details, contact the library at your university.

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