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Library support for those needing special assistance

Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns about accessing or using the Library.

Please direct inquiries to the library or the reading room you wish to use. Contact information can be found at the following page.

Examples of our special assistance

Library usage with a helper

  • A helper can enter the Library. Please consult the service desk at the Library. We can also issue a library card for a helper who uses the Library frequently.

When you enter the Library

  • There are special needs parking spaces at the Central Library. Please contact the library in advance for a parking permit. (Model and color of vehicle, and license plate number are required.)
  • For those who need help entering the Library, please ask library staff for assistance.To access the entrance of the Central Library (2nd floor), please use the elevators inside the International Conference Center on the 1st floor. The automatic door operates during library service hours. In the Central Library, there are wheelchair-accessible restrooms on each floor, a wheelchair-accessible desk on each floor from the 1st to the 3rd floor, and two wheelchair-accessible computer desks for accessing online information in the learning commons on the 2nd floor.
  • If you would like to use libraries or reading rooms not accessible to you, please contact the Library. We will provide alternatives. See the campus barrier free map for detailed accessibility information.

When you use the Library

  • For those who cannot use computers, please consult the nearest service desk. Library staff will help to locate materials.
  • We can communicate in writing at the service desk if necessary.
  • In case of accessing a book located out of reach (e.g. on a high bookshelf, in the basement stacks) or at other libraries, please ask library staff for help.
  • For visually challenged users, a reading room where library materials can be read aloud is available. Please consult library staff in advance. Magnifiers are available for loan.
    * Please note that library staff cannot provide a read-aloud service, nor can they find a reader for visually challenged users.
  • Users who have difficulties making photocopies by themselves should visit the Microfilms/Photographic Service on the 4th floor for assistance by staff.

For users with small children

You can take your children into the libraries below. Please see below for the details.

For users who cannot return books due to specific reason

  • Users can return books by mail. The return date will be recorded as the day when the book arrives at the library.
  • In case users cannot come to the library to return overdue books due to illness, penalty points can be cancelled by submission of a medical certificate.

If you need any other assistance

  • The Library, in partnership with the Disabled Student Services Office (DSSO) and each School office, will provide appropriate services depending on the situation to support the research needs of students and faculty. If you have any trouble with using the Library, please feel free to contact us.
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