Science and Engineering Library

Science and Engineering Library


Library guide

Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students can use Student ID Card.
The other students, Faculty and Staff need to get "Library Card".
About Library Card, please check the following pages.

    "[For Students, Faculty and Staff] Entering the Library and Library Card"
    For Alumni and Visitors
    Library services for alumni and visitors were changed from Oct. 3rd, 2022.
    With some conditions, alumni can use the library and get a library card.
    For visitors, it needs to make a reservation in advance of visiting the library.
    For more details, please ask the Circulation Desk at Science and Engineering Library.

Contact about Library Card

You can inquire about or apply Library Card from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Circulation Desk(West Building 1F) 06-6879-7187 

Loan Periods and Limits

General Books:all materials except journals and in-library use books

User Status Types of Materials Limits Loan Periods
Osaka University Members/
General Books / Journals(issued over 1yr. ago) Total 8 vols. 2 Weeks
Journals (including current issue)
1 vol. 1 day
Visitors* General Books(except journals) 4 vols 2 Weeks

*Those who are 20 years old or more and are able to come to library directly for checkout/return for the purpose of learning or research can use this service.

Renewing Loan Periods

You can renew General Books only one time through "Check Status of Loan/Reservation" in Web Service" on condition the material hasn't been reserved by another user.
you can also renew items at the counter.
*NOTES: Visitors can't renew Audio Visual Materials.

Return Procedure

When the library is closed, return items to the drop box.
You can return items of 4 libraries and 2 faculty/research institute libraries to any of those nine libraries.

If an Item Becomes Overdue...

Borrowing privileges will be suspended for the same number of days the item was overdue.
Please return our materials within loan periods.

Due Date Reminder E-mail

Two Kinds of due date reminder e-mails will be sent automatically.

  1. Reminder e-mail of the due date
    • Sent both three days and one day before the due date.
  2. Notice of overdue item

The e-mail is sent to the e-mail address on your library record.

  • OU members: Please check via web service “Edit Your Personal Information”.
  • Alumni and Visitors: Sent to the e-mail address submitted in the application form of the library card.
  • If you are not receiving reminder e-mails, please turn off your e-mail rejection setting for the e-mail address “” and the domain “”.

If you have lost/damaged library materials...

You will be required to pay for them. Please contact library staff at the Circulation Desk.

Contact about Checkout/Return

Circulation Desk(West Building 1F) 06-6879-7187 

Contact about Copying Service

For the purpose of research, you can make copies of materials only to the extent permitted by copyright law.
If you would like to make one or more copies, please inform a staff member at Circulation Desk after agreeing the copyright rules listed below.

  • 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 as long as the next issue has already been published or three months have passed since the current issue was published.
  • Only one copy of something can be made per person. I.e., multiple copies are not permitted.
  • Copying is for the purpose of research by the user.
  • Regardless of whether compensation is received or not, copies are not to be re-copied or distributed.
Circulation Desk(West Building 1F) 06-6879-7187 

Copying Fee

Types of ExpenseB&WColorService Hours
WeekdaysSaturdays & Sundays
OU members University's expense 10yen 50yen 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Class terms: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
During vacations: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
personal expense (in cash) 25yen 65yen 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. N/A
Non-OU members 45yen 90yen 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. N/A

About CO-OP Copying Machine

CO-OP Copying Machine is located next to Circulation Desk(1F). If you have CO-OP Copy Card, you can use this machine.
Before copying, you are required to fill out application form.

  • Only OU members can use CO-OP Copying Machine.
  • Copying in black and white costs 10 yen, in color 50 yen.
  • Please note that you can't get a receipt.

Borrowing Materials and Request Document Copies【OU Members Only】

You can make a request for a loan of materials and copies of documents which Science and EngineeringLibrary doesn't hold.

  • Journals are not available for borrowing :On the other hand, you are able to gain copies of parts of journals. You can reequest document copies only to the extent permitted by copyright law.
  • At first, please check if Osaka University holds the material you need and where the material is by searching OPAC. When you need journals, you also need to search E-Journals.
  • Feel free to ask staff at Circulation Desk.

For the details, please check the following pages.

"Borrowing materials and request document copies"

Contact about Borrowing Materials and Request Document Copies

Circulation Desk(West Building 1F) 
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.(Weekdays)

We hold doctoral theses "Engineering" before 2012.

  • They are located at Stacks 2F.
  • You can freely use doctral theses during opening hours. You cannot take them out of the library.
  • It is possible to make a single copy of less than half of a dissertation on weekdays from 9:00 to 16:45.
  • You can read the whole pages and abstract of the doctorials theses submitted after 2013 through OUKA (Osaka University Knowledge Archive).
    ※The theses which you cannot find the file of the whole pages in OUKA are avairable only in the library on weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00.
  • We don't hold master theses and graduation theses.
  • Please check the following page about holding library of other theses and searching theses.
  • "Doctoral Theses"

Contact about Doctoral Theses

Circulation Desk(West Building 1F) 06-6879-7187 

Library staff accepts your various inquiries or references. You can ask us anything about materials or information such as following examples, which is needed in your research and study.

  • About literature holdings (reference about whether the material or the literature you need is holded in Osaka University or inquire about which instututions holds that.)
  • About searching literature such as how to use databases
  • About how to get information from reference list / about how to make a reference list
  • About how to check how many times the article has been cited / about how to check the impact factor of a journal which the article is posted
  • Researching about the specific matter(to the extent that staff can research and answer by library materials.)
  • Introduction of reference books or searching tools contributive to what you are researching

Contact about Ask Us/Research Help

Circulation Desk(West Building 1F) 06-6879-7187 

Library LSs (Learning Supporters)

Library LSs are graduate student staff who support your study in the library. As senior to you, undergraduate students, Library LSs who major in various discipline in Engineering serve supports. For the details about Library LSs, please check the following pages.

"Learning Support Desk - Support by Learning Supporters (LSs)"

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Food and Drink

  • About Drink: You can bring drinks only in spill-proof containers such as plastic bottles.
  • About Food: You cannot bring any food.

Using Phone

  • Except in Cellphone Booth(West Building 1F), please refrain from using a mobile phone in our library.

Other Notes

  • Always carry your valuables, and take notice of theft.
  • Put the book you use in our library back to the shelf.
  • Don't lend your Student ID Card or Library Card to another person.
  • Do not smoking in the library.

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