Main Library

Library Guide

Undergraduate students and graduate students can use student ID card.
The other students, faculty and staff need to get “Library Card”.
Visitors can enter the library temporarily only to use materials in the library.
At Main Desk, please fill out an application form. You need to get a “Library Card” in order to check out materials.
About Library Card, please check the following pages.

Use “[For Students, Faculty and Staff] Entering the Library and Library Card”
Use “[For Alumni, Visitors] Entering the Library and Library Card”

Contact about Library Card

You can inquire about or apply for a Library Card from 9:00 – 17:00 on weekdays.

Main Desk (Building A 2F) 06-6850-5067

Loan Periods and Limits

General Books (all materials except in-library-use materials such as rare books and reference books)

Short-Term Loan (all materials)

User Status Types of Materials Limits Loan Periods
Osaka University Members General Books (except Unbound Journals) 16 Books 2 Weeks
Unbound Journals   About an Hour
1 Journal 16:00 – : Until 11:00 on the Next Day
Members of Partner Universities
General Books (except Unbound Journals, Micro-Materials, Newspapers and Kakenhi Reports) 8 Books 2 Weeks
Unbound Journals   About an Hour
1 Journal 16:00 – : Until 11:00 on the Next Day
Non-Osaka University Members
Citizens of Minoh
General Books (except Unbound Journals, Micro-Materials, Newspapers and KAKEN-Reports) 4 Books 2 Weeks (Cannot renew the loan period)

Long-Term Loan (“Stacks” “Chinese Books” “Automated Stacks” materials only)

User Status Types of Materials Limits Loan Periods
Faculty General Books (except Newspapers and Journals)   Until the Next March 31st
Graduate Students
Research Fellows
Administrative Staff
30 Books 6 Months
Professors Emeritus
Research Students
10 Books 3 Months

Renewing Loan Periods

You can renew the loan period of 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 at Main Desk.

*NOTES: You cannot extend the loan period of following materials.

  • AV-Materials, Journals, Newspapers and Micro-Materials

Return Procedure

When the library is closed, please put items into the Return Box located in front of the main entrance.
You can return items of four libraries and four faculty/research institute libraries of Osaka University at any of those eight libraries.

If an Item Becomes Overdue…

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

Two Kinds of E-mails for Notices from the Library

Library sends you two kinds of E-mails listed below about returning items. this e-mail was sent by an automated e-mail system.

  1. notice e-mail for two days before the due-date
  2. notice e-mail for the item becoming overdue

If you have lost/damaged library materials…

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

Contact about Checkout/Return

Main Desk (Building A 2F) 06-6850-5067

Contact about Copying Service

Please contact ILL Desk, if you would like to copy by university expense, or need a receipt.

ILL Desk (Building C 2F) 06-6850-5068
9:00-17:00 (Weekdays)

Payment for Copying at ILL Desk

Black and WhiteColor
Osaka University Members University Expense 10 Yen 50 Yen
Your Own Expense(Cash Only) 20 Yen 60 Yen
Non-Osaka University Members 35 Yen 80 Yen

Using COOP’s Copy Machines

We have two copy machines (coin and COOP’s copy card) in front of Main Desk.

  • Copying in black and white costs 10 yen, in color 50 yen.
  • You can recieve no receipt.

Borrowing Materials and Request Document Copies from Other Libraries【OU Members Only】
For the details, please check the following pages.

Contact about Borrowing Materials and Request Document Copies

ILL (Inter Library Loan) Desk (Building C 2F) 06-6850-5068
9:00-17:00 (Weekdays)

Rare Books

We have various rare books. To use them, you have to apply in advance.

Contact about Using Rare Books

[About Possession]: Reference Desk in the Main Library

  • FAX:06-6850-5069
  • Mail:

Please contact us by facsimile or E-mail with the source.

[About Reading, Copying and Printing in a Book]: Main Desk in the Main Library

  • TEL(FAX):06-6850-5066(6044)
  • Mail:

Service Hours

  • 9:00-17:00 (Weekdays)

Doctorial Theses Using Procedure

  • Please ask us at Main Desk and fill out the application form (title, year and number of theses).
  • You can read only doctorial theses (you cannot read master theses and guraduation theses).
  • 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 avirable only in the library (photocopy is not permitted). Please come to Main Desk on A2F.
  • Theses before 2013 are also available only in the library (you cannot take them out of the library).
    ※You can copy them to the extent of a half because of the copyright.
  • Service hours: 9:00-16:30 on weekdays. Please return theses until 17:00.
  • Please search the following page for theses.

Search: Doctorial Theses

Contact about Doctorial Theses

Main Desk (Building A 2F) 06-6850-5067

Who can make a request for purchasing a new book?

  • Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Research Students, Special Students and Auditors of Osaka University

How to make a request

  • Please fill out the request paper in front of the Main Desk.
  • We will inform you when the book is available.
  • Please allow one to two months for availability of purchase request.
  • If the book can not be purchased, we will inform you via e-mail.

The Criteria for request

Books we collect

  1. Books necessary for education or research
  2. Books necessary to raise cultural level of students

Books we do not collect

  • Books other Osaka University Libraries already have
  • 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 scores, and music CDs
  • Too high specialized books
  • Relatively expensive books (more than 15,000 yen) and relatively cheap books (less than 1,000 yen)
  • Other stuffs inappropriate for our library to possess


  • Up to 15,000 yen and three books per one student and during one fiscal year

Contact about book purchase request

Main Desk (Building A 2F) 06-6850-5067

Reference Desk

We are pleased to have your inquiries or references. Please feel free to ask us anything about literature or information for research and study.

  • literature possession (inquiry about whether a material or literature is holded by Osaka University Library or about which instutution holds it.)
  • searching literature, such as how to use databases
  • how to get literature
  • how to read or make a reference list
  • how to check how many times the article has been cited, or how to check the impact factor (IF)
  • Researching about a specific matter (to the extent that our staff can search and answer with library materials)
  • Introduction of reference books or searching tools useful for what you are searching for
Reference Desk (Building B 2F) 06-6850-5070
9:00-17:00 (Weekdays)

Learning Support Desk

Learning Supporters (LSs), graduate student staff, will support your study.

LSs are graduate students from various departments and will support study of students, especially undergraduates. You can meet LSs at the Learning Support Desk of Learning Commons and Global Commons. Check the following pages for the schedule of each Learning Support Desk.

Research “Learning Support Desk”

Main Library Floor Map(2F)

To keep our library comfortable, please observe the following rules.

Food and Drink

  • You can bring drinks only in spill-proof containers such as plastic bottles.
  • We have two lounges, into which you can also bring cup-drinks.
  • You cannot bring any foods.

Talking on Cellphone or Skype etc.

  • Except in Cellphone Booth (Building B 3F), please refrain from using a mobile phone or Skype etc. in the library.

Other Notes

  • Always carry your valuables, and take notice of theft.
  • Put the book you used in the library back to the shelf.
  • Please refrain from lending your Student ID Card or Library Card to another person.