Opening of Temporary Access to Asian Research Library Resources!


(*As the opening of the Asian Research Library on October 1, 2020, the resources have been moved to the 4th floor of the main building.)

Looking toward the opening of the Asian Research Library, U-PARL has been collecting new Asian research resources. Last spring, a portion of those were made temporarily available for use. These are housed in the B1F stacks of the General Library, and can be utilized in the same way as other resources in the stacks (this does not apply to ILL interlibrary loans).

The resources housed can be seen here.

The works housed in the Asian Research Library are categorized in the three stages of region→language→subject.
To browse content narrowed down to each region please access via the following:
General resources related to Asia
East Asia resources
South-east Asia resources
South Asia resources
Central Eurasia resources
West Asia resources

To cross-reference against region and narrow results to subject type, please access via the following:
000 General works
100 Philosophy
200 History
300 Social Sciences
400 Natural Sciences
500 Technology
600 Industry
700 The Arts
800 Language
900 Literature

When narrowing down searches to language, please use the filtering item options that appear on the left.

The restoration of the Central Library is due for completion in 2020, and it will take more time for the Asian Research Library, but with the temporary access to resources provided here, there is a chance to access the materials before the opening.
Additionally, the resources donated by the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS), which are to be housed on the floor of the Asian Research Library, are currently on the shelves of the Komaba Library. In addition, the Chinese rare books purchased by U-PARL are also accessible as materials of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia Library.
Please feel free to make use of these resources.


Descending the stairs to the basement stacks, various books on Asia are lined up on the shelves to the left. Keep an eye out for the yellow labels.

[June 2nd update] The information above has also been introduced on the blog page of Kimito Kurosawa of the International Christian University (ICU) Library, “Kimito Kurosawa’s Blog on the 100 Years (1960–2060) of Documentation Systems” (in Japanese), under the title “The Challenge for the University of Tokyo Library System’s Asian Research Library (Development of a New Classification Table).” There, Kurosawa gave valuable opinions on the possibilities for making the most of these classifications in contracting an index system. For this, we would like to extend our appreciation. Moving into the future, we hope to explore methods for better visualization of the information of a wide variety of materials.