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The renovated Central Library opened on Monday April 1, 2019.

Now with a greatly expanded Learning Commons, the second and third floor of the Central Library has a new look! We invite you to decide how you want to use these wonderfully convenient new areas and facilities.

*Announcement about the renovation is here.

[2nd floor] Commons 1 (Creation)

An area where you can collaborate with colleagues, create new knowledge, and produce or publish your results.

  • With 12 computers available, you can use the space to do group work around a computer.
  • Plug in your own computer or connect via Wi-Fi.
  • At the LA Desk, you can ask a current graduate student Learning Assistant to help you with your studies.
  • At the Reference Desk, librarians can help you with hard-to-access materials and complex searches.

[2nd floor] Commons 2 (Discussion)

An area where you can swop ideas, discuss things in a group, and share your excitement about new discoveries, using the library materials.

  • Rearrange the tables and chairs to suit your needs—and check out the sofas!
  • Use the movable white boards, plug in your own computer, or connect via Wi-Fi.
  • With individual users’ needs in mind, 15 computers are available.
  • Take a look at the display of newly arrived books and the mini exhibition space!

[3rd floor] Commons 3 (Browsing)

An area where you can get new knowledge and ideas through browsing the library materials.

  • Take a look at the new Serials/Newspapers Corner and Paperbacks Corner!
  • Relax on the sofas with a book and feel like you’re in a luxury lounge! Please spend a comfortable reading time.
  • Plug in your own computer or connect via Wi-Fi.
  • Conversation related to your learning and research is allowed. Please be careful not to talk in loud voice and refrain from disturbing other’s reading.

[3rd floor] Commons 4 (Work)

An area where you can dedicate yourself to work using the library materials.

  • Desks and sofas in this area are specially designed to facilitate your personal learning.
  • Plug in your own computer or connect via Wi-Fi.
  • Conversation related to your work with others is also allowed. Please be careful not to talk in loud voice and refrain from disturbing others.

[2nd floor] Group Study Room 1 / Group Study Room 2

A space where Library events encourage communication and help you gather materials and expand your knowledge!

  • No need to reserve!
  • Great for groups! We’ll also hold a variety of Library events here.
  • Rearrange the tables and chairs to suit your needs and make use of the overhead projectors.
  • Plug in your own computer or connect via Wi-Fi.

[2nd/3rd floor] Silent Reading Room 1/2

The quietest area in the Library, designed to help you concentrate on your own learning.

  • No need to reserve!
  • Total silence please! This means no talking, no using keyboards or screens, and no drinking.
  • A space where you can concentrate on reading Library materials or your own study in peace and quiet.
(New! A zone where you can talk on the phone!) Take sudden calls in the locker room on the 2nd and 3rd floor!

We’ve changed the rules so that if unexpectedly you have to take or make a phone call, you can do so in the locker room. Please be sure to close the door firmly behind you and refrain from talking in a loud voice. If it looks like you’ll be on the phone for a while, we ask that you leave the Library and make the call outside.

Phone calls may not be made anywhere else in the Library. We ask that you help us to maintain the quiet environment of the Library.

(New! A place where you can have a bite to eat!) Hungry? Head to the Refresh Area!

“I wish there was somewhere I could eat a snack!” vs. “I hope you won’t let people eat in the Library!”

We’re doing our best to keep everyone happy by establishing a Refresh Area outside the entrance gates. Here you can eat a snack without leaving the Library building. We ask that you refrain from consuming hot soups and other food with a strong smell. Please leave the area clean after you’ve finished. Food/Drink vending machines are also available at the Refresh Room.

Food, cans, and cups which you can buy at the Refresh Room, may not be taken into the Central Library. We ask that you finish your food and drink before you leave the Refresh Area. Once you’ve gone through the entrance gates, no food is allowed anywhere in the Library! Please refrain from bringing food, including sweets and snacks, into the Library.

(New Service!) Library Printer Service

We have a Library Printer at the Commons 1, so that you can print out electronic files (Word, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.).

User Qualification:
Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Faculty
*Limited to persons who can connect to Waseda University’s network.
*You need to print from the Printer Terminal.
*Portable storage devices, such as USB sticks, may not be used.

You need a library copy card to use the printer. You cannot use coins or bills. Please refrain from printing a large amount.

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