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Nakajima Library

Nakajima Library will be closed for the time being to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19. Students, faculty, and staff members should refer to the latest email sent from the library to the AIU community for details.

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 Weekdays 8:30-22:00
Sat, Holidays & Vacation Periods 10:00-18:00
Sun 10:00-22:00
High School Student Card Holders 6:00-22:00 / 365 days
AIU Students
Faculty & Staff
24 hrs / 365 days


Books 83,626 (52,911 Non-Japanese books; 30,715 Japanese books)
Journals 220 (121 Western titles; 99 Japanese titles)
CDs and DVDs 3,677
e-Books Approx. 378,000
Electronic Journals Approx. 1,600
Databases 5

As of April, 2020