Group Study Room *Currently unavailable


Anyone can use this room for group study.
Students of social science faculties can reserve Group Study Rooms one week in advance, while other students can make reservations on the day of use. If rooms have no reservations, anyone can use them.
Movable chairs and tables, white boards, and screens are available. If necessary, the partition between Group Study Rooms 1 and 2 can be removed for a large group of people.


Movable Chars, Desks, White Boards, Screens

Break Room *Currently unavailable

The break room is for relaxing.
This is the only room where eating snacks or drinking is allowed.
You can chat with your friends or take a nap here.

Main Reading Room

The Main Reading Room is for quiet study. Unlike the Sub Reading Room, you can use your laptop.
This room is preserved as it was built in 1933 as an example of the architecture of that era.     

Sub Reading Room

The Sub Reading Room is for very quiet study. Anyone can use this room, but use of electronics such as laptops and calculators is prohibited here due to the noise of typing on a keyboard.

Browsing Room

About 70,000 books for study or reference are located in the Browsing Room.


Reading desks
AVbooths *Currently unavailable
Audiovisual materials
Global Books
Device for microform
PC for NDL service Japanese

Journals Room


Materials in Journals Room

Newspapers and current journals are available. Newspapers from the last 2 months and journals issued within the last 1 year are located in the Journals Room.
NCOP journals are also available here.
Back issues are stored in the stacks.

How To Use Journals

Journals are generally for in-library use only, but we can lend them for a day.
Sometimes journals for the preceding year are unavailable because they are being bound.

The National Center for Overseas Periodicals

How To Use NCOP

The “NCOP” is located in the Library for Social Sciences.
Journals of the NCOP are treated in the same way as general journals .
If you have any questions about the NCOP, please ask at the information service section for social sciences.

Current NCOP Journals

Journals Room (2nd floor of Main Building)
:Their location is separated from that of general journals.

Back Issues

Stacks(Basement 1st floor of Frontier Building)
:They are mixed with general journals.

What Is NCOP?

The NCOP(The National Center for Overseas Periodicals) collects rare foreign journals to supply Japanese universities and research organizations in order to enhance the national academic infrastructure. MEXT chooses 9 universities to locate NCOP branches, divided by academic field. As one of the NCOP locations, the Kobe University Library for Social Sciences collects foreign journals focusing on humanities and social sciences in collaboration with Hitotsubashi University Library.

List of NCOP Locations

Literature / Social sciences Kobe University Library for Social Sciences
Hitotsubashi University Library
Medical science Tohoku University Library Osaka University Library
Kyushu University Library
Science and engineering Tokyo Institute of Technology Library
Kyoto University Library
Agriculture University Library for Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Kagoshima University Library