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Nakajima Library

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

The Nakajima Library is always open to students and never “sleeps.” We want to provide a place where you can always study.

The university has incorporated this idea into the library. The library is a composite structure of timber and reinforced concrete with a unique semicircular design not seen anywhere else in the country: the theme is the “Book Coliseum.” Akita prefecture’s native cedar has been widely used in the construction. The traditionally crafted umbrella-shaped roof has a striking presence, giving users a sense of tranquility and calm.

The Nakajima Library was specifically-designed by architect Mitsuru Senda and has won numerous awards, such as the Murano Togo Prize, the JIA Award, the International Architecture Awards 2010, the Good Design Award, among others.

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Open Hours

General Public Weekdays 9:00-22:00
Sat, Sun, Holidays & Vacation Periods 9:45-18:00
High School Student Card Holders 6:00-22:00 / 365 days
AIU Students
Faculty & Staff
24 hrs / 365 days

Open hours may change. Please see updated information at below link.

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Holdings

Books 80,048 (51,259 Western books; 28,789 Japanese books)
Journals 168 (103 Western titles; 65 Japanese titles)
CDs and DVDs 3,300
e-Books 292,000
Electronic Journals 3,000
Databases 6

As of April, 2017