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.



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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 A rchitecture Awards 2010, the Good Design Award, among others.


Please enjoy our beautiful library by watching
this 4k resolution movie file.
 You can also see inside the library by Google map indoor view.


Opening hours

 General publicAIU StudentsAIU Faculty and
Staff members
Weekdays9:00-22:0024 hours/365 days
Weekends and Public holidays9:45-18:00

* Library hours may be changed depending upon circumstances. Any changes of Library hours will be posted. Please click here for more information.


Holdings (as of April 2015)

Books75,576 (48,398 Western books; 27,178 Japanese books)
Journals175 titles (106 Western titles; 69 Japanese titles)
CDs and DVDs3,279 items
Online databases13 titles
Newspapers10 titles

Please read Director of Nakajima Library Shinya KATO’s message.


Please find more information about user’s guide for AIU Students.


Please find more information about user’s guide for Faculty and Staff members.


Please find more information about user’s guide for general users.