Use of Rare Books (Students and Faculty Members)

The procedures for student/faculty use of rare books located on-campus are explained below. If you wish to use rare books located at the Kumamoto University Library for academic study or research, please submit the application for use found below. It takes about 1 week from the submission of your application for permission to be approved. We are not able to provide usage on the same day as the application is made.

Note: The application process for the Hosokawa Manuscript Collection (Eisei Bunko) is different. Please refer to Using the Hosokawa Manuscript Collection (Students and Faculty).

1. Please address your application to the Director of the Kumamoto University Library.

Please make individual applications for each intended use.


  • (1) Up to 20 items may be included per application for use.
  • (2) For archives for which there is a microfilm version available, use of the microfilm version is given priority.
  • Viewing: Rare Books/Special Collections Viewing Request
  • Photography: Rare Books/Special Collections Photography/Digital Information Storage Request
  • Reprinting, Republication: Rare Books/Special Collections Reprint/Republication Request
  • Image Distribution: Rare Books/Special Collections Image Distribution Request

2. Please contact us separately via telephone, etc. This is because we must coordinate preferred dates and times of use with other users.

If you do not contact us in advance, your preferred date and time may not be available to you.

3. We will contact you upon receiving permission from the Library Director.

  • Application hours: Mon-Fri (weekdays) 9:00-16:30
  • Viewing hours: Mon-Fri (weekdays) 9:00-16:30


Kumamoto University Library Usage Services
2-40-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City 〒860-8555
TEL: 096-342-2243 FAX: 096-342-2210

To all University Researchers

Regarding the publication of academic research articles using the University's rare books in the Kumamoto University Repository:
In order to spread the word about the value of Kumamoto University's rare books so as to develop research and contribute to society, we ask that you publish articles using the University’s rare books to the Kumamoto University Repository.

Further details:
What is the Kumamoto University Repository?>>