The Japanese collection comprises western works relating to traditional Japan, except art and archaeology; a selection of historical and literary texts in Japanese relevant to the courses offered; and a reference section of works (in all languages) concerned with these areas. The books (periodicals being kept with the library's main periodical collection) are arranged on the shelves by subject according to the Harvard-Yenching classification. There are two sections: the main collection is in the basement, while the reference section of confined dictionaries, bibliographies etc., occupies part of the reading room.

The card catalogues have been superseded by SOLO and by the allegro Japanese catalogue. Allegro is searchable both in original script and in transliteration; instructions are to be found near the terminals and on the 'help' screens provided. The holdings of the Bodleian Japanese Library are indispensable to students of Japan. Besides rich collections on the whole field, it maintains a loan collection on modern Japan which is essentially complementary to that of the Oriental Institute Library.  For further information please contact the subject specialist Izumi Tytler 

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