Tokyo Metropolitan Library
The Tokyo Metropolitan Library has two branches. The Hibiya Library, a third branch, was closed on April 1, 2009.
The Metropolitan Central Library is located in the Minami-Azabu section of Minato. The library was founded in 1973 at the current location of the central branch. The library is free and open to the public, although not all collections are available to all people at all times. The library also has arrangements with over 300 smaller local public libraries allowing interlibrary lending privileges.
Although not as deep as the collection of the National Diet Library, The Tokyo Metropolitan Library houses a large collection of books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials.
The Central Branch holds 240,000 volumes, including a large collection of rare materials, showcasing over 40,000 documents pertaining to the history of Tokyo (Edo), some of which date back over 400 years. Books are divided by subject - Reference, Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science. Of note is the opening of a "regional history research center".
The Hibiya Branch holds 130,000 volumes, including 4,000 foreign volumes. It also maintains holdings of over 1,000 different magazine periodicals and nearly 200 different newspapers.
Total holdings (including volumes in storage) of the Metropolitan Library are estimated at approximately 1,480,000 volumes.
Locations and Access
Central Branch: 5-7-13 Minami-Azabu Minato, 106-8575. It is located in the Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park. Accessible by foot from Hiroo Station on the Subway Hibiya Line, Azabu-Juban Station on the Subway Namboku Line, and the Azabu-Juban Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line. (Coordinates: )
Hibiya Branch: 1-4 Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda, 100-0012. Accessible by foot from Kasumigaseki Station on the Subway Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line, and Chiyoda Line, Shinbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line, and Uchisaiwaichō Station on the Subway Mita Line.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Library English page: http://www.library.metro.tokyo.jp/english/
- Online catalog of TML (restricted hours): http://catalog.library.metro.tokyo.jp/winj/opac/search-detail.do?lang=en