Services in International Studies Library during the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 30th, 2023

This page provides an overview of services in International Studies Library during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

As for other OU libraries (Main Lib, Life Sciences Lib or Science and Engineering Lib), please visit the following page:


Last updated: April 3, 2023

Entering the library

Currently, there are no admission restrictions to the International Studies Library. Everyone is welcome to visit the library as usual.

Opening hours

International Studies Library Weekdays 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Opening hours and closing days are subject to change. For more information, please check the library hours.

Status of services

◎ – available anytime during opening hours
○ – available only during the daytime on weekdays
× – not available
Checking out books and journals
Arranging Inter-Library Loans and visits to other university libraries〇 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays
Reference service〇 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays
Learning Support Desk〇 On weekdays  Desk hours
Issuing Osaka University Library Card〇 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays
Copy machines
Learning Commons LUX◎Movable desks and chairs available. You can talk, study on your own, or take online lectures from Osaka University.
Group Study Rooms◎The maximum capacity is five people (2/3 of the normal capacity).
Study cubicles
Reading service room
AV Commons◎ The AV Commons can be used for the following purposes:
  • Viewing AV Library materials in groups of 4 or more.
  • Classes or events for the educational or research purposes conducted by Osaka University faculty and staff
  • Events for the purpose of academic research or education conducted by holders of the Minoh City Library Card (green), using items from the Minoh City Semba Library.
AV Library
Rental of projectors for in-house use◎ Available in Group Study Rooms or when using the AV Commons for classes and events

Other Information

  1. Extension of due date / limitation of number of renewals
    • Due dates are as usual.
    • For the time being, you can renew the loan period of books and audio-visual materials as many times as you need.
      *Alumni and visitors can renew only once.
      • You can renew through "View Borrowing and Hold Status" in the library web service.
      • When you renew your loan period, the loan period will be extended for the same number of days as a stipulated loan period from the day of the renewal.
      • You can't renew books that have been reserved by others. Please return them by the due date.
      • Journals cannot be renewed.
  2. Returning books
    • Please use the book drop outside the library, next to the main entrance or bring them to the library counter.
    • We also accept returns by mail or courier. Please note the following points.
      • Please send via trackable service such as Yu-Pack or other courier services.
      • Please pre-pay the shippment fee in advance.
      • Please cover the books with a plastic bag in order to prevent water damage and pack them in a way that they will not be damaged.
      • If the books get soiled, damaged or lost before they arrive at the library, you will be asked to pay for them.


For inquiries and return of books, please contact us at the following address.

Please include "User support section" in the mailing or courier address.

International Studies Library

Library hours

User support section

  • TEL: 072-730-5126
  • E-mail:
  • 3-10-1 Semba Higashi, Minoh, Osaka 562-0035


On your visit, please observe the following points.

  • Please wash your hands or disinfect them with alcohol when entering the library and after using the library facilities.
  • Please refrain from entering the library if you are feeling ill or have cold-like symptoms such as fever, cough, or malaise.

Update history

Library hours and service availability are subject to change due to requests from local governments and revisions of the activity revels provided in "Osaka University’s COVID-19 response levels". Before your visit, please check this page for the latest status.

[2023.3.30]English translation completed