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Nakajima Library

As part of the preventive measures against COVID-19, open hours are irregular and subject to change, and the use of the library is currently restricted to AIU students, faculty, and staff members. Please refer to the latest library calendar 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

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

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Books 83,234 (52,176 Non-Japanese books; 31,058 Japanese books)
Journals 221 (121 Western titles; 100 Japanese titles)
CDs and DVDs 3,684
e-Books 405,458 titles
Electronic Journals 1,645 titles
Databases 5

As of April, 2021