Libraries & Book Exchanges

Hibiya Library
Browsing and borrowing are permitted. Open Monday to Friday 10:00-22:00; Saturday 10:00-19:00; Sunday, holiday 10:00-17:00. Closed every 3rd Monday. Located at 1-4 Hibiya-koen, Chiyoda-ku.
Good Day Books
Sells, trades, and buys used English-language books; with used book exchange or trade. Open daily Monday to Saturday 11:00-20:00; Sunday and holiday 11:00-18:00. Located at Tokai Building 3F, 2-4-2 Nishi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Reading Room
Collection consists of art books and foreign magazines. For reference only. Open daily 10:00-17:00. Closed on holidays and 14th day of each month. Located at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum 1F, 8-36 Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku.
Rinsen Library
City library for research and reference. Borrowing is permitted. Located at 1-9-17 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku.
JETRO Business Library
Wide selection of materials and resources devoted to international trade, business and investment, including numerous Japanese and foreign books, newspapers and magazines. Open Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00. Ark Mori Building, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku.
British Council Library and Information Center
Limited to materials about the UK but it has a wide selection of magazines. Open Monday to Friday 11:00-20:00. Located at Kenkyusha Eigo Center Building 1F, 1-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku.
Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library
With a variety of magazines and services for children and youth.
Asia-Pacific Culture Center for UNESCO
UNESCO publications, textbooks, literacy materials and many childrens books. Open Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00. Located at Japans Publishers Building 3F, 6 Fukuromachi, Shinjuku-ku.
Sasazuka Children’s Library
Childrens books and magazines. With onsite browsing and borrowing. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. Located at 3-3-1 Sasazuka, Shibuya-ku.
Yushodo Gesner Library
Rare books collection including mapsl; for reference only. Open Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00. Located at 29 San-ei-cho, Shinjuku-ku.
Book Mooch
A community for exchanging used books.
Garden Books
Two-floors of English books in addition to a cafe.
Japan Foundation Library
Reference library on Japanese Language Education (JLE) and Japanese culture and the arts. Open Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00. Closed on holidays and last Monday of the month. Ark Mori Building West Wing 20F, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku.
Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library
Library that supports surveys, research and finding solution for the residents of Tokyo.
Nishihara Library
Shibuya library open for research, reference and document reservation. Located at 2-28-9 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku.
Tomigaya Library
City library. Located at 1-46-2 Uehara, Shibuya-ku.
Kanagawa Prefectural Library
For reading and references. Located at 9-2 Momijigaoka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City
United Nations University Library
Open to the general public under some conditions. Open Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:30. Located at 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.
Shibuya Library
Permits onsite browsing and borrowing. Located at 1-6-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku.
Chuo Library
Permits onsite browsing and borrowing. Located at 1-4-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.
Sasazuka Library
Allows borrowing. Located at 1-27-1 Sasazuka, Shibuya-ku.
Tokyo Traders Club
Book exchange for members of the club. Trading is also applicable to videos, magazines, DVDs and CD ROMs. Registration is available online.
Honmachi Library
City library that permits borrowing of books. Located at 1-33-5 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku.
World Magazine Gallery
Although not a library per se, they have a wide selection of magazines from around the world. Open Monday to Friday 11:00-19:00. Located at The Magazine House 1F, 3-13-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku.
Komorebi-Owada Library
City library. Located at Cultural Center Owada 2F, 23-21 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku.
Art Catalog Library
Keeps art catalogs of exhibitions held in Japan and of Japanese art shows and collections abroad. Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 01:00-18:00. Located at 1-12-31 Akasaka, Minato-ku.
Hal Roberts Library | Tokyo American Club
With 10,000 English-language books including childrens books and educational resources. Open daily 09:00-20:00. Located at 2-1-2 Azabudai Minato-ku.
Yoyogi Library
Permits browsing and borrowing onsite. Located at 3-51-8 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku.
Japan Foundation Asia Center Library
Collections consists mainly of Asian (predominantly Southeast Asian) culture, society and the arts including audio-visual materials. Open Monday to Friday 10:30-19:00. Located at Akasaka Twin Tower Bldg 1F, 2-17-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku.
National Diet Library
With an extensive collection of publications and other materials/information from Japan and from all over the world. Also helps in the preservation of these resources. Located at 1-10-1 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku.