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Saitama Prefectural Library English version

The library is free of charge in principle and available to all.
You are free to use books, newspapers, magazines and the like from the bookshelves while in the library.
The libraries respect the privacy of the users.

Library guide

Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.
9:00a.m. - 8:00p.m. (June - September)
Saturday / Sunday / National holiday: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Children's library: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Urawa Bunshitsu (circulation point): 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Closed

Monday except national holiday or Prefectural Citizen's Day.
Tuesday if Monday is an opening day (national holiday or Prefectural Citizen's Day).
The fourth Friday of each month ---except July, August and December.
If 4th Friday is a national holiday, the library will close on the Thursday and open on the national holiday Friday.
The end and beginning of the year (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3).
Spring and fall special inventory periods.
Urawa Bunshitsu (circulation point): The closing days of Saitama Prefectural Archives

How to check out library materials

Please fill out the Application Form for a library card and bring in a piece of identification, which proves your name and address, such as a Residence Card, a Health Insurance Policy, a Drivers license or the like, to the counter when you borrow materials for the first time.
Anyone may borrow up to 10 general books or magazines and 5 audio-visual items for a period of 15 days.
If you wish to keep the materials beyond the due date, please bring them to the counter or call us within 15 days.
The library staff needs the title of the material you would like to renew and your library card number.
When the materials have not been reserved for others, they may be renewed only once.

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How to return library materials

Please bring the library materials to the counter by the due date. When the library is closed, you may slip the materials into the book drop at the entrance.
You can also return them by mail.
Audio-visual items cannot be returned in the book drop. Please return Audio-visual items directly to the circulation desk as possible. When it is unavoidable for you to return CDs, DVDs or video tapes into the book drop, it can be made only if they are wrapped in the provided bubble wraps or soft materials.
You can return the materials you borrowed at the Prefectural library to any of the Saitama Prefectural Libraries (Prefectural Kumagaya, Kuki libraries or Urawa Bunshitsu).
Library users who have long overdue library materials will be suspended from reserving or borrowing any library materials.

Reference service

Please feel free to ask the librarians for assistance when you are looking for materials or information.
You may ask us for information for research and study purpose by e-mail.
* We are not allowed to answer special questions about law and medical science.

Internet

You may look for information on Internet. Please ask at the counter. You can use it 30 minutes at a time.

Interlibrary cooperation activities

Among the public libraries in Saitama, interlibrary loans and exchanges of information and so on are carried out.
You may use the materials of Saitama Prefectural Libraries at the library in your neighborhood by no charge.

Photocopy service

You may photocopy the materials in the library within the limitations of the Copyright Law.
The charge for one black & white photocopy is 10 yen, a color photocopy is 30 yen per sheet.
Please fill out the Application Form at the counter before you photocopy.
You are not permitted to photocopy your own materials in the library.

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Other

Saitama Prefectural Libraries have reading services by appointment for visually-challenged people.

Requests from the libraries

If you soil, break or lose any library materials, you are required to replace them.

How to search for library materials

You may search for library materials using the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), Internet (https://www.lib.pref.saitama.jp/licsxp-opac), and mobile phone.
If the materials are not in the library or are out on loan, you may ask us to order them.

List of newspapers and magazines

Newspapers are not able to be checked out. Back issues in the recent 2 years of the magazines can be checked out.

List of newspapers

LanguageName of newspapersLocation
Simplified Chinese人民日报北京版Kumagaya
Traditional Chinese留学生新聞(Traditional Chinese,Japanese)Kumagaya
Korean조선신보(朝鮮新報), 동아일보 일본판(東亜日報 日本版), 노동일보(労働新聞), 한일문화경제신문(韓日文化経済新聞)Kumagaya
EnglishAsahi Weekly, International New York Times, The Japan Times, The Japan Times on Sunday, Mainichi Weekly, The New York Times Weekday ed.Kumagaya
EnglishThe Japan newsKuki
FrenchLe MondeKumagaya

List of magazines

LanguageName of magazinesLocation
Simplified ChineseKumagaya
Traditional Chinese Kumagaya
Korean Kumagaya
English Kumagaya
English Kuki
German Kumagaya
French Kumagaya
Spanish Kumagaya
Portuguese Kumagaya

Access to the Saitama Prefectural libraries

Library Guide PDF

Library Guide (English)[PDF](393KB)(Updated Mar 2016)

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[ For comments or questions please contact ]

Saitama Prefectural Kumagaya Library, Section in charge of Foreign Language Materials Tel: 048-523-6291 Fax: 048-523-6468 E-mail: kuma-kaigai@lib.pref.saitama.jp