Using Our Library

The Bodleian Japanese Library was opened to readers in April 1993 in the newly constructed building of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies in the precincts of St. Antony's College.

It is an open-access library, with seating space for forty-two users at any one time. It consists of the Main Reading Room and offices on the ground floor, the Bookstack and the Rare Books Room in the basement.
The main collection is either in the Bookstack or stored off site in the remote book storage facility in Swindon. The reference works are arranged by subject in the Main Reading Room.

Bodleian Library Regulations and Rules of Conduct for Readers apply at BJL.

Finding Books and Journals of the BJL Collection

All of our collections, Western-language as well as Japanese-language books and journals are now searchable in SOLO.

Western language books and journals - listed on SOLO, the University's online library catalogue.

Japanese language books and journals - listed on SOLO (both in original Japanese scripts and in Roma-ji, transliterated forms.)

BJL Materials Offsite

Some of our collection are stored offsite at BSF Swindon. For all materials offsite, please request them on SOLO.

How to:  Request Items from Closed Stack on SOLO

Please contact us at or 01865-(2)84506 beforehand, if you have queries or need assistance.


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