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Japanese Studies: Rare and Distinctive Collections

Subjects: Japan

Highlights from Our Special Collections

Deatil of a calligraphic panel from the painted handscroll Urashima

Detail from a painted poetry card

Detail from the title page of Sanctos no Gosagyо̄ 

Rare Books and Manuscripts (Weston Library)

The Bodleian houses one of the oldest institutional collections of Japanese rare books and manuscripts in Europe, with a history dating back to the seventeenth century. University members and external readers can consult special collections at the Weston Library, but they require a full and unrestricted Bodleian Reader card with Group A access. 

For information about Japanese Special Collections, contact the curator by email.

Distinctive Collections (Bodleian Japanese Library)

A small number of books published in the first half of the 20th century can be accessed at the Bodleian Japanese Library with permission of the librarian. These titles are marked on SOLO as "confined". Readers who wish to consult these titles are encouraged to contact the Library by email beforehand.

Library staff will provide a dedicated reading space, bookrests, and snakes. Consumption of food and beverages is not permitted while consulting confined items.