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Nakajima Library

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, Sun, Holidays & Vacation Periods: 10:00-18:00
(closed during the New Year holidays)
High School Student Card Holders 6:00 - 22:00 / 365 days
AIU Students
Faculty & Staff
24 hrs / 365 days

*To maintain a quiet environment, please refrain from taking photos with cameras or mobile phones.

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

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Books 85,498 (52,828 Non-Japanese books; 32,670 Japanese books)
Journals 228 (122 Western titles; 106 Japanese titles)
CDs and DVDs 3,753
e-Books Over 460,000 titles
Electronic Journals Over 9,500 titles
Databases 5

As of April, 2023