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Subjects: Japan


Izumi Tytler (Bodleian Japanese Librarian)
tel: +44 (0)1865 284502

Other links

WISER workshops (Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Resources) - These workshops are aimed at researchers, academic staff, research students and librarians from across the University.

Research and Resources Guides -  a wide range of research, resource and library guides are available from our  LibGuides service.

Collection overview

The principal collection relating to Japan is housed in the Bodleian Japanese Library and covers the history and culture of Japan from the dawn of her civilization to the present day, offering one of the best research collections for Japanese Studies in Europe.

The collection comprises manuscripts and antiquarian printed books as well as modern publications covering both general humanities and the social sciences. The fields of literature, history, politics, sociology and social anthropology are particularly represented, while the collection of Japanese local histories is probably the most important such collection outside Japan.

More information is available on special collections relating to Japan.

Libraries & Reading Rooms

The Bodleian Japanese Library houses the main research and teaching collection for Japanese studies, while materials on the natural and applied sciences and law (except constitutional law) pertaining to Japan are held at the Radcliffe Science Library and the Bodleian Law Library respectively. The Japanese video collection of over 150 tapes, including Japanese films and television programmes can be viewed in the Bodleian Japanese Library.

Material on Japan required for teaching purposes at the Oriental Institute is kept in the Oriental Institute Library. Works in Japanese relating to the study of China or Korea (in remote storage) are available via SOLO at Chinese Institute Library, whilst those relating to Japanese art and archaeology are housed in the Eastern Art collection at the Sackler Library.

Almost all Japanese-language material in these libraries is now recorded in the allegro catalogue and may be accessed via the network or the Internet. Western language works are catalogued in SOLO.