The Medical Library has restarted its service in a limited way from July 29, 2020.

Please refer to the following pages for details:
UTokyo Medical Library Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Users Guide

Library Calendar   Campus Map   Access Map (See Hongo Campus)

Open Hours

Mon. - Fri. Sat.
during the term 8:30am - 8:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm
during summer and winter vacations 8:30am - 5:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm

Mon. - Sat. Anybody can use our library.
*Service Hours on weekdays: Members=8:45am-, Non-members=9:00am-
Those not affiliated with the University of Tokyo : please fill in an application of one-day free pass.


Sundays, National Holidays, New Year Holidays (28 Dec.-4 Jan.) , during the university entrance examination, the last weekday of every month.

Service Hours *members only

Services Mon. - Fri. Mon. - Fri.
during summer & winter vacations
User Registration 8:45am - 5:00pm 8:45am - 5:00pm ×
Check out/Return 8:45am - 8:00pm 8:45am - 5:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm
Document Delivery Services, Pay PDF charge, Interlibrary loan Charge covered by the department, etc. 8:45am - 8:00pm 8:45am - 5:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm
Charge on individual (cash*) 8:45am - 7:30pm 8:45am - 4:45pm 10:00am - 4:45pm
Order books in closed stacks Rare books, etc. 8:45am - 4:00pm 8:45am - 4:00pm ×
Dissertations and Historical materials of Facurty of Medicine 8:45am - 7:00pm 8:45am - 4:00pm 10:00am - 4:00pm
*We have no change. Please have the exact amount ready.


UTokyo members
  • Persons bearing
     ・A Student ID (IC card type)
     ・A University ID Card (IC card type)
     ・Library Pass (IC card type / barcode type)
    may enter the library automatically.
  • If you do not have a University ID Card and you want to be issued:
     ・If you are affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, please ask to issue a University ID Card at SOMU TANTO.
     ・If you work or research at the University Hospital, please ask to issue a University ID Card at SOMUKA KIKAKU TEAM (ext.32220).
  • If you don't want a University ID Card:
    To the Faculty members, a library pass can be issued at the library counter.
    Please print and fill out this application form (PDF), and hand it to the library staff. At the same time, we need to see a document that proves you are on the register in The University of Tokyo.
  • With an invalid card, the bar will not move. Please report to the library staff then.
  • Persons bearing a library Pass (barcode type) may enter the library automatically.
  • If you are a graduate of Department of Medicine, without a library pass, the medical library issues a library pass.
  • With an invalid card, the bar will not move. Please report to the library staff then.
Medical Library welcomes the use of its collections by researchers not affiliated with the University of Tokyo.
  • You must report to the circulation desk when you enter the library. We'll issue a visitor pass for you. That pass is valid only for a day.
  • Visitors are asked to introduce themselves at the circulation desk by signing the visitor card each time they use the library.


Library catalogs
  • University of Tokyo OPAC
    A system for searching the online union catalog database of books and journals held in the University of Tokyo.
  • CiNii Books
    Database provided by the NII, covering the catalogs of university libraries and other institutions across Japan.
    Searching for books and journal articles held at the National Diet Library in Japan.
Databases *members only
  • TREE
    This integrated search platform allows you to search across a wide range of electronic journals, books and databases available at UTokyo. Articles can be searched by keyword. Includes link to full-text articles the availability depends on subscription at UTokyo.
  • E-journal & E-book Portal
    This is a gateway to search e-journals and e-books available at UTokyo. You search by using the title of a journal/book and this produces a list of results grouped by database. Clicking on a database name takes you to its top page.
  • Literacy
    The Literacy portal site provides exactly the right environment to explore the entire range of academic resources available online. It covers almost every database available at UTokyo and also features information on database training courses, as well as education materials on information literacy.
Databases *members only

Borrowing *members only

  period number renewals
Books 2 weeks 5 three times
(1 week / time)
AV materials 2 weeks 5 once
(1 week / time)
Periodicals 1 day 10 not available

  • UTokyo faculty, staff, and students may apply for borrowing privileges at the UTokyo libraries.
  • When you borrow unbound periodicals, please fill in an application. The following materials do not circulate. : reference materials, doctoral dissertations, rare books, etc.
  • If you keep a book beyond the due date, your borrowing privileges will be suspended for up to one week.

Renewing Book Loans

    Please go to MyOPAC and renew book loan from "Check Status of Loan" menu.
    You can also renew your book loan at the library information desk.
    Cases when the loan period cannot be extended:
  • Periodicals
  • Someone else has reserved the book
  • The book is already overdue/during the suspension period of your borrowing privilege

Book return

  • Return books to the information desk.
  • When the library is closed, please use the book drop on the left side of the main entrance.

Copying Services

Copy Fees
Black and White 10 yen per page
Color 50 yen per page

  • Coin-operated photocopying machines are available for self-service use on 1F.
  • Copies can be made only in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Law.
  • The following materials are prohibited from photocopying : Rare books, Collections, Doctoral dissertations, etc.

Reading Room 

Floor map
ALTIUS  (1F / Books, Periodicals)
  • Books (display at OPAC "Med.Lib.Read.R")
  • Reference books (new edition)
  • New arrival periodicals (latest 2 years)
PLENIUS  (1F / Multimedia Corner)*members only
See: Multimedia Corner

Wireless LAN *members only

Wireless access points allow computers to access the network in Medical Library.
An additional registration procedure is necessary to access wireless services.
See: UTokyo WiFi

Open Stacks

Multimedia Corner *members only

There are PCs (Mac/Win), printers, scanners, etc. Please use for research and education.

Eligibility for use

The following members of the University of Tokyo have privilege to use the Multimedia corner : Affiliated Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the University of Tokyo Hospital. (include professor emeritus, former faculty and alumni.)

Library Services *members only

Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services
If you did not find the information you were looking for, please use “Interlibrary Loan” for assistance in obtaining it from another library. Interlibrary loans can be used to obtain material from another University of Tokyo Library or from other libraries.
Please search these catalogs before you order.
MyOPAC service
Link to the MyOPAC service appears at the top of OPAC screen.
The following services are available.
  • checking your status concerning borrowed and reserved materials
  • requesting a loan renewal
  • canceling a reservation
  • requesting copies of a material *
  • requesting the purchase of a material, etc.
*You must complete a registration procedure in order to use this service.
PDF Service
The electronic document delivery system allows users to order documents online and view them on a computer screen. This service considerably shortens the time needed to access articles from journals held at the Library. Copy fees (for individual charges) are to be paid according to your home library’s instructions. (Medical Library support this service.)
PDF This icon is the logo for the PDF service.
*You must complete a registration procedure in order to use this service. Please print and fill out this application form(PDF), and hand it to the library staff.
ASK Service
This service allows you to forward your inquiries to a library through the internet.
ASK is a library reference service for members of the University of Tokyo. Answers are usually provided by E-mail.


Section Ext. TEL(DI) E-mail
Information Desk Information
service office
23667 03-5841-3667
Document Delivery Services
(interlibrary loan)
Reference ASK Service  (for UTokyo members)
Donating periodicals Acquisition office 23663 03-5841-3663
Donating books
Book Purchase Request
23662 03-5841-3662
Purchasing the past
questions for entrance
examinations of Graduate
School of Medicine
The Tokyo Society of Medical Sciences 23681 03-5841-3681
Others Information
service office
23667 03-5841-3667

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