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Nakajima Library

Nakajima Library will re-open to the general public from June 13, 2022. Open hours are 10:00 - 18:00 every day. This availability is subject to change without prior notice. Other university facilities are closed for visitors. AIU students, faculty, and staff members can continue to use the library 24 hours a day with their ID cards, so please be sure to carry it with you.

Open for Students 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 10:00-18:00 everyday
AIU Students
Faculty & Staff
24 hrs / 365 days

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

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Books 84,394 (52,567 Non-Japanese books; 31,827 Japanese books)
Journals 223 (122 Western titles; 101 Japanese titles)
CDs and DVDs 3,751
e-Books 430,732 titles
Electronic Journals 1,513 titles
Databases 5

As of April, 2022