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University Library

The University Library is composed of the Central Library, the Medical Library and the Pharmacy Library. It provides information resources and services to support the University's educational and research activities.

The Central library is open from 8:40 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Library Holdings (As of March 31st, 2017)

  Books Periodicals
Central Library 1,042,065 14,889
Medical Library 175,093 5,287
Pharmacy Library 39,312 1,029
Total 1,256,470 21,205

Special Collections of Books and Manuscripts

1. The Aso Manuscript Collection
This impressive collection of historical documents, formerly kept at Aso Shrine, contains a wealth of information relating to the Nanbokucho and Kamakura Periods. Of the 1,047 items of this collection, 34 volumes of 304 letters and 36 manuscripts have been designated as Important Cultural Properties

2. The Hosokawa Manuscript Collection
This is the largest collection of primary source materials on the administration of the Hosokawa government (Hosokawa Han), ranging from the Nanbokucho Period to the early Meiji Period.

3. The Lafcadio Hearn Collection
This is an extensive collection of various editions of the works of Lafcadio Hearn and fundamental research materials about Hearn, chiefly in English. It contains his English translations of Anatole France, Gustave Flaubert, and Theophile Gautier.

 URL: http://www.lib.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/eng/howtouse
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