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Science & Engineering Library

Science & Engineering Library User Guide


  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-degree students
  • Faculty and staff (full-time faculty and staff, visiting faculty, part-time lecturer, assistant professors, research associates, etc.)
  • Students from Waseda University Senior/Junior High School and affiliated high schools
  • Library card holders
  • Alumni: See  “Library information for alumni
  • Users from the universities under cooperative agreement with Waseda (Keio University, Doshisha University)
  • Special auditing students and exchange students under cooperative agreement universities with Waseda
  • Visitors with a letter of introduction issued by other institutions: See  “Guide for Visitors” (In Japanese Only)

※Science and Engineering Library is not open to the public. Please take the predetermined procedure in your institution or a public library.

Service Hours

Please check service days and hours on the website.

Science and Engineering Library
(Bldg. No.51)
Students’ Reading Room
(Bldg. No.52)
Weekdays Saturday Weekdays Saturday
During the semester 9:00-21:00 9:00-19:00 9:00-21:00 9:00-19:00
Summer & Winter vacations 9:00-20:00 9:00-18:00
Rikoten(Exhibition for Science and Engineering Schools)period
Off-limits period during entrance examinations 9:00-20:00 9:00-19:00
Spring Vacations 9:00-20:00 9:00-19:00 9:00-18:00 9:00-18:00

Days closed

  • Sundays, national holidays(excluding class days)
  • Extra school closure
  • Saturdays during summer and winter vacations
  • Summer school closure
  • Anniversary of the University Founding (October 21)(excluding class days)
  • Winter school closure
  • Others (Entrance examinations,Construction, Book Inventory period etc.)
  • Any change will be announced by bulletin boards and websites.

Enter / Exit the library

To enter the library

  • Users can enter the library by using User Card(Student ID, Faculty/Staff ID, Library Card, Waseda Card, etc.). The library is an automatic admission method by User Card. If you were forgotten your User Card, you cannot enter the library.
  • If you were waiting reissuing Student ID, please show your certificate published by the faculty.
  • Visitors need the letter of introduction of the library of your belonged university, etc.

To exit the library

  • Please exit the gate. The exit gate is equipped with the BDS (Book Detection System).

Check out, return and holding(Borrowing rules)


To borrow books, please bring books to the counter with student ID, Faculty/staff ID, or library card. Borrowing service is available 30 minutes before the closing time.

Eligible users Number of
materials that
can be borrowed
Borrowing Period:
(Bldg. No.51)
Borrowing Period:
Students’ Reading
(Bldg. No.52)
Undergraduate 15 30 days 14 days
Graduate 30 60 days 14 days
Faculty 60 60 days 14 days

(including CD-ROMs, etc)

  • The number of books is the total number of books that can be borrowed at one time from all Waseda University Libraries managed under the common loan rules.
  • Periodicals cannot be checked out.


Returning books

Return books before the due date at the check-in counter or the Book Drop at the entrance.
Books deposited in the Book Drop will be processed on the following business day.

  • When books are not returned by the due date, a penalty of 1 point per day per book will be applied.
  • After reaching the maximum penalty points shown in the above chart, the specified suspension period will apply and the user will be unable to borrow books during the period at any library.
  • A reminder to return books will be sent via e-mail on the 1st, 7th, 14th and 30th day after the due date.
  • The suspension period will apply from the day that the third reminder notice is sent; however, if the book is returned before reaching the maximum penalty points, the suspension will be lifted.
  • When a reservation is made for a book that has passed the due date, the user in possession of the overdue book will be unable to borrow any more books until the overdue book is returned.

Overdue Penalties

Please show Borrowing Rules Page.

Making copies

  • Please respect the copyright law of Japan when making photocopies.
    For the purpose of your own research, a user can make a single copy less than half of a work.
    See material can be copied for details.
    Copy machines cannot be used to make copies of non-library materials.
  • Insert cash or a copy card.
  • Copy machines are available until 30 minutes before closing time.

How to get copy cards

  • Copy cards can be purchased from the vending machine, but a receipt is not issued.
    (Waseda member only)
  • You can purchase copy cards by the school fund at the office of Science & Engineering Library.
    (Mon-Fri. 9:00-17:00).(Temporary operation)
    The seal of the person charged is required. Please clarify the budget item of expenditure.
  • Non-Waseda user should ask at the information desk.

Copy fees

Category Eligible users Black & white Color
Library member Students, Faculty/Staff ¥10 ¥50
Visitors Alumni ¥10 ¥50
Other universities ¥10 ¥50
General public ¥50 ¥250

Reference Services

Please visit the Reference Desk

  • When you are in trouble searching the materials
  • When you cannot find certain shelf in the Science and Engineering library
  • When you want to use the material of other libraries of Waseda University
  • When you are searching for the materials which Waseda University does not hold.
  • When you want to use non-Waseda University library

How to get the materials of other libraries in Waseda university

  • You can order the materials in the list below from other libraries to Science & Engineering Library. Copies of articles should be paid for. For details, please check Material transferring service between Waseda libraries Online request is available.
    • Journals of Central Library (copies of articles)
    • Books of Tokorozawa Library * As for the reference books, only the copy of some parts.
    • Journals of Tokorozawa Library (copies of articles)
    • Journals of Honjo Deposit Library (actual materials)
    • Journal of Toyama Library (copies of articles)
    • Journals of School of Education (School Library of Education, Reference Room of Mathematics, Reference Room of Psychology, Reference Room of Earth Sciences)(copies of articles)
    • Journals of Library of Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs (copies of articles)
    • School Library of Social Sciences (copies of articles)
    • School Library of Commerce (copies of articles)
    • School Library of Political Science and Economics (copies of articles)
    • Center for Legal Resources (copies of articles)

How to get the material from non-Waseda libraries

Purchase requests

Purchase requests are accepted for books not owned by the Science & Engineering Library. Online requests are accepted.
We cannot accept all of the requests because of the budget limitation. Notification will be sent via e-mail within 10 days only if the book will be purchased. When the requested book become available, notification will be sent to you via e-mail and the book will be held at the check-out counter for 7 days.


Reminder for returns

  • The Library system automatically sends you reminder notice via e-mail on the 1st, 7th, 14th and 30th day after the due date.
  • If a reminder for books you have returned comes, please check “View Your Records” function of WINE or inquire at the counter.

Manners to use libraries

  • Please keep valuables with you at all times.
  • You are responsible for all your belongings.
  • No smoking on the premises.
  • Chatting, eating and talking on mobile phones are prohibited. (*Only drinking is permitted in some designated area.)
  • Please handle all library materials with care and be careful not to damage them or get them wet.
  • Strict measures will be taken for malicious violations such as stealing library books, writing, underlining and marking library material, or tearing pages out of books.
  • In the event of loss or damage to library books, please report to the counter immediately. You may be asked to compensate the library for the loss or damage. See Liability for Lost or Damaged Books
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