International Studies Library is open to anyone. You don’t need to present your student ID card or Library Card to enter.
Student ID card [undergraduate students and graduate students] or Library Card [the other students, faculty and staff and Non-Osaka University members] is required when checking out library materials, entering the closed stacks or using facilities in the library.
About Library Card, please check the following pages.
For alumni and visitors, our e-mails will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the Library Card application form.
If you do not receive reminder e-mails, please turn off your e-mail blocking setting for the e-mail address “email@example.com” and the domain “library.osaka-u.ac.jp”.
If You Have Lost/Damaged Library Materials…
You will be asked to pay for them. Please contact library staff at the counter.
Inquiry about Checkout/Return
For the purpose of research, you can make a photocopy of library materials only to the extent permitted by Copyright Law of Japan.
If you would like to make a copy, please ask at the library counter. In order to make a copy, you have to agree on the following rules.
The number of pages copied must not exceed half of the work.
Theses and other articles published in periodicals can be copied in their entirety if the next issue has already been published, or if three months have passed since the current issue was published.
For each item, only one copy can be made per person. Making multiple copies of a single item are not permitted.
Copying is permitted only for the purpose of research.
Regardless of whether compensation is received or not, copies are not to be re-copied or distributed.
Type of Expense
10 yen for one copy. You can pay in coins or 1000 yen bills.
One coin-operated copy machine available next to Reference Counter(3F)
(prepaid card issued by Master’s council)
You can use a prepaid card issued by Master’s council.
One copy machine for the exclusive use of graduate students available next to Reference Counter(3F)
(faculty at Minoh campus)
You can use a Xerox Card issued by Minoh Educational Affairs Office, Graduate School of Language and Culture/School of Foreign Studies.
One copy machine for the exclusive use of faculty available at the first floor (Closed Stacks)
(faculty at Other campuses)
Library staff will make a copy for you.
Inquiry about Copying Service
Requesting Materials or Photocopies from Other Libraries【Osaka University Members Only】
You can make a request for materials or photocopies of them which International Studies Library doesn’t have.
You cannot request journal itself from other libraries. Instead, you can request a photocopy of a part of journals you need. Please note that photocopying is subject to Copyright Law.
Before making a request, please check on OPAC whether Osaka University Libraries have the material you need, and if it has, where the material is located.
When you need journals, please search E-Journals as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask at the library counter.
For more information, please refer to the following pages.
Inquiry about Borrowing Materials and Request Document Copies
You can pick up the material you have requested during the opening hours. However, if payment is involved, please come to the counter from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays.
Entry to the Closed Stacks【Osaka University Members Only】
The closed stacks are available to all members of the University.
Non-Osaka University Members are not allowed to enter the closed stacks. If you would like to use materials in closed stacks, please ask at the library counter to retrieve them for you.
For more information, please refer to “About Using Materials from the Closed Stacks” below.
A special card key is required to enter the closed stacks. You can receive the key at the Service Counter on the second floor.
You have to leave your Student ID or Library Card at the Service Counter to receive the card key.
You are not allowed to enter the closed stacks with any belongings except valuables and stationery. Please put your luggage in a locker next to the Service Counter.
The closed stacks is available until 15 minutes before the closing time.
Using Materials from the Closed Stacks
Checking out or Reading inside the Library【Osaka University Members】
When you take materials out of the closed stacks, you need to check out them.
If you would like to use them inside the library without checking-out procedure, please fill in a form at the Service Counter on the second floor.
After using materials, please return them to the Service Counter.
Checking out or Reading inside the Library【Non-Osaka University Members】
If you would like to request materials from the closed stacks, please fill in a form at the Service Counter on the second floor.
The library staff will take them out for you.
After using materials, please return them to the Service Counter.
Making a Photocopy
Please fill in a form at the Service Counter on the second floor.
Once you have made your copies, please return the materials to the Service Counter.
Inquiry about Using the Closed Stacks
Valuable Books(including Ishihama Collection) were relocated to Main Library in October, 2014.
For further information about using them, please ask Main Library.
We hold doctoral theses from the Department of “Studies in Language and Society” and the Department of “Studies in Japanese Language and Culture” at the Graduate School of Language and Culture.
These theses are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
You can read them and make a photocopy in the library within the scope permitted by Copyright Law. Checking out is not allowed.
*For more information about use of Doctoral theses, please ask at the Reference Counter on the third floor.
We hold theses accepted in and after FY 1999, including those from former Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
Theses accepted in and after April 2013 are available on Osaka University Knowledge Archive OUKA, the University’s repository.
*If the full text is not available on OUKA, you can read it on a dedicated terminal in the library (available from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays.)
We hold master’s theses from the Department of “Studies in Language and Society” at the Graduate School of Language and Culture and those from former Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
You can read them and make a photocopy in the the library within the scope permitted by Copyright Law. Checking out is not allowed.
For further information about use of Master’s theses, please ask at the Reference Counter on the third floor.
How to make a request for purchasing a new book【Osaka University Members Only】
Any member of Osaka University can make a book purchase request.
Please send us your request via a dedicated contact form on the library website. [*the form is currently under construction]
The Book Selection Small Committee will consider whether or not to purchase each requested item.
The result will be sent to the contact details you gave us when submitting the request.
If we decide to purchase the book you have requested, you will be given priority in borrowing it, unless it is in-library use only item such as dictionary.
The Criteria for request
Books we collect
Books on language
Books on foreign cultures or foreign country studies
Books which are regarded necessary to have in our library for education or research
Books we do not collect
Books that other Osaka University Libraries already have
When the requesting person didn’t write the reason why he/she has requested it in the “book purchase request”
Books considered to be appropriate to be bought by individuals such as comic books, crambooks to pass an exam, workbooks, travel guidebooks, etc.
Magazines(Serials), music, and music CD
Relatively cheap books
Other stuffs which are not appropriate for our library to possess
Inquiry about Book Purchase Request
Technical Services Office, Specialist (3F)
We are pleased to have your inquiries or references. Please feel free to ask us anything about literature or information for research and study.
material location search(inquiry about whether a material or literature is held by Osaka University Library or about which institution holds it）
inquiries about literature retrieval e.g. how to use databases
how to obtain literature
how to read or make a reference list
How to find out how many citations a paper has or the impact factor for a journal in which an article is published
Researching the specific matter（to the extent that our staff can search and answer with library materials.）
Introduction of reference books or searching tools on the subject you are searching
Inquiry about Ask Us/Research Help
Learning Supporter (LS)
Learning Supporters (LSs) are graduate student staff who support your study. As senior to you, undergraduate students, LSs who are major in various fields can support you. For the details about LSs, please check the following page.