Kobe University Library services can be used by graduates & visitors.
Please check shown below items and “User Guides“.
Please bring your identification card shows name and address. (e.g. driver’s license, passport)

  1. Visit (Browsing, Copy)
  2. Borrowing
  3. Interlibrary Loan, Check library holdings, Reference
  4. Notes
  5. Contact us
  6. Donation
  7. Job vacancies

Visit (Browsing, Copy)

Kobe University Library and its collections are open to the general public. Please check opening hours and locations of each library via “Libraries” in sidebar or this page.

There are security gates in libraries except Library of Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration. Please pass through the gate by your library card.
We will open the gate if you don’t have it.
Please check “Borrowing” for more information about library card.

※Please feel free to consult with us when you visit library in a wheelchair. Please contact each library via “Libraries” in sidebar or this page.
※We ask students and graduates at the Open University of Japan to submit student ID card and fill out some documents.


Books in open shelves can be read freely.
Closed stacks are not open to visitors in principle. When use the materials in closed stacks, please ask circulation desk. Depending on the type of material, you may be asked to present your ID card.

Using the materials in closed stacks at Library for Social Sciences
・Max 5 items at one time
・Reception hours
  weekdays: 9:00-12:00,13:00-16:30
  after 5pm, weekends: Please inquire in advance from here
*Applications for use on Saturdays and Sundays must be made by the preceding Thursday. It is necessary to apply in advance to use the materials in the closed stacks.

When specific material is needed, please ask whether it can be used via your university library or nearby library before visiting. For details about it, see “Check library holdings“. We will locate and reserve it if possible.

Some materials cannot be used, e.g. rare book, book held in laboratory and borrowed by someone else.
Rare Books and Collections


Please check “Photocopying“.


Borrowing is open to staff and students at Kobe University, and to shown below people.

Graduates at Kobe University
Visitors who have library cards
Undergraduate and graduate students at the Open University of Japan
Members and educators of certificate program of EUIJ
3rd grader and more of Kobe university secondary school [JPN]
Library card is needed to borrow books. Please visit library and submit documents in order to receive it. (Where to go and what to submit can be checked by seeing links above.)
Please apply for library card from 8:45 till 17:00 on weekday, and you can receive your card immediately. (If you apply on night or weekend, you can receive card and borrow books at a later day.)


※Books cannot be borrowed if library card is not brought.
※Your library card cannot be used by others. Please inform us if it is lost.
※If your books are overdue, borrowing and renewing cannot be accepted until they are returned.
※If book has been broken, defiled or lost by you, it would be replaced by the same one. Please ask circulation desk.
※Electronic journal and database provided only to staff and students cannot be used by visitors. If a copy of electronic journal is needed, please check “Photocopying“.
※Materials may not be used or remain borrowed by visitors if staff or students are need to use it.

Interlibrary Loan, Check library holdings, Reference

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan(ILL)allows you to get copies of articles and to borrow books if they are not available from your university library or nearby public library.
Please request this service from the library closest to you instead of contacting us directly.
Our ILL service is supported by the NACSIS-ILL system (Catalog information services provided by National Institute of Informatics). This system ties university libraries in Japan together and cooperates with OCLC and KERIS.
We ask other libraries to apply for ILL via the NACSIS-ILL system. If your library is not, please contact us from this form.

Check library holdings

When specific material is needed, we make sure whether it can be used before your visiting. Please tell us what you are looking for in as much detail as possible.


Please see “Reference Service” for details. However, we may not assist you for some reasons (When it takes too much time and effort, it doesn’t matter survey and research, etc.).
You can check the holdings and locations of the materials on OPAC .


※Our services are primarily provided to staff and students at Kobe University, therefore visitors can’t be given priority to.
※There are no parking space so please visit library using public transport.

Contact us

Please ask your question at this page.


Please check here for more information about donation.
Donation of Library Material

Job vacancies

Please check here for more information. (Japanese only)
Job vacancies at Kobe University
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