Multicultural Library Service & Foreign Language Materials Corner
Saitama prefectural libraries set up The Foreign Language Materials Corner on the 3rd floor of Kumagaya Library in October 2003. We promote multicultural library service (library service primarily for ethnic, linguistic and cultural minorities) in our community.（Last updated: Mar. 2016）
- Library materials
- Mini exhibition and other events
- Library Guides (PDF)
- About us
- Volunteer translators
5-6-1 Hakoda, Kumagaya-shi, 360-0014
Directions to the Library
A 20 minute walk from the north exit of Kumagaya station (JR Takasaki line, Chichibu line - 40min. from Omiya station by local train.)
2 minutes from the bus stop (Hello Work Kumagaya mae) by Kokusai Juo bus bound for Kuzuwada, Kumagaya dome or Hakoda shako.
There are about 130,000 foreign residents from 148 different countries living in Saitama Prefecture.
The Saitama Prefectural Libraries collect foreign language materials for their better understanding the Japanese way of life and for providing them with information from their various native lands.
The Kumagaya Library holds about 17,000 books in 30 languages including English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish, etc, 14 newspapers in 4 languages, and 50 magazines in 7 languages. They are shelved in the foreign language materials corner on the 3rd floor of the Kumagaya Library. Our librarians will provide support for you in accessing the required information resources.
The library aims not only to give visitors access to foreign language materials but to present our community with events and exhibitions to foster cultural exchanges.
Floor map: click here to enlarge
Foreign language materials
We are developing our collection of foreign language materials written in English, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese as our priority languages.
As well as library materials in Japanese, you may search foreign language materials by title, author name, publisher, publication year, etc. at "Web-OPAC" (catalogue)
"○" in "checked out" box means "on the shelf". "×" means "checked out" or "only in-library use".
Click on a title you would like to read, it will show the "Detailed information on search result".
On that page, you may see "Detailed information" and reserve library materials.
If you check the box "foreign book" on the advanced search page, the system will search materials from foreign books for general users and children and foreign magazines.
To search Saitama local materials in foreign languages, check the box "Saitama local material".
We use Romanized data or eliminate accent marks for some of foreign language materials.
How to search for foreign language books
We wrote some tips to search non-Japanese language books at Web-OPAC (catalogue). Please check " How to search for foreign language books ".
List of books in each language
Our system can show the list of books in one language if the volume is less than 1000 books.
Click each name of the following languages, our system will turn the result searched by the language name.
The result includes children's books and "Saitama" local materials.
- Traditional Chinese
To search books written in English, Simplified Chinese, or Korean, please use "Web-OPAC (catalogue)" and input title, author's name, publication year or/and etc. and press "Search" button.
In the case the book has been published in Japanese version, we can search by the title in Japanese. When you don't know the original title, it would help you.
Please feel free to ask which libraries have the book you would like to read, if it has been translated in Japanese, or any question on library materials. → Let's ask a librarian
Here is the List of the magazines in the Foreign Language Materials Corner.
Old issues (2 years passed) and the latest issue are in-library use only.
Here is the List of the journals in the Foreign Language Materials Corner.
We keep back numbers in 3 years. Please use them in the library.
This is the list of information papers from city halls and international associations.
Please ask about back numbers at the counter on the 3rd floor.
|Cupola||Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, English||Kawaguchi Citizens Partner Station|
|Friendship News||Japanese||Saitama International Association|
|Hello Friends||Japanese||Fujimino International Cultural Exchange Center|
|Hello Corner News||Simplified Chinese, English, Spanish, Portuguese||Jichishinko-ka, Ageo City|
|HIFA News Letter||Japanese||Hidaka International Friendship Association|
|Information Fujimino||Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Filipino, English, Spanish, Portuguese||Fujimino International Cultural Exchange Center|
|IRUMA COM＋COM||Simplified Chinese, English, Spanish, Portuguese||Iruma City, Iruma International Friendship Society|
|Kokusai Koryu News||Japanese||Iruma International Friendship Society|
|Kompeito : Kasukabe International Friendship Association News||Japanese||Kasukabe International Friendship Association|
|Koshigaya Messenger||Simplified Chinese, Filipino, English||Community Activity Support Section, Koshigaya City|
|KUMAGAYA FRIENDS||Simplified Chinese, English||Public Relations Section, Kumagaya City|
|Link||Japanese, Simplified Chinese, English||Bi-Culture Kids Kumagaya|
|MISATO VIEW||Japanese, English||Assistance for Citizen's Activity Division, Misato City|
|NIFA dayori||Japanese||Niiza International Friendship Association|
|Purara||Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, English, Spanish||Saitama city Association for Global Awareness|
|Sai no Nakama||Simplified Chinese, English, Spanish, Portuguese||Saitama International Association|
|Shake Hands||Japanese （Information in Japanese and English）||Kumagaya International Friendship Association|
|SIFA Newsletter||Japanese||Sayama International Friendship Association|
|TiFA||Japanese||Toda International Friendship Association|
|TIFA Newsletter||Japanese||Tsurugashima International Friendship Association|
We have books for learners of Japanese language as the second language.
As of Dec. 2015, there are about 260 books in 15 languages.
The languages of the main text are English, Chinese(Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
For more information, look at the page "Books on Japanese as the second language."
Please feel free to ask 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, at the reference desk of each prefectural library, or our website: Reference service
Mini exhibition and New titles
We have foreign book displays corresponding to seasons, certain topics, and newly arrived books. All books can be checked out.
Please check "Mini exhibition and New titles" .
Here is(are) up-coming and finished events.
- The 8th Erhu Music Concert was held on Sunday, January 17th. For more information, please look at the page "Erhu Music Concert". Here is the post on the 8th concert The Erhu Music Concert (in Japanese)".
We published library guides in the following languages.
- English version[PDF]（393KB）（Mar 2016）
- Chinese version[PDF]（447KB）（Mar 2016）
- Korean version[PDF]（552KB）（Mar 2016）
- Portuguese version[PDF]（535KB）（Mar 2016）
- Spanish version[PDF]（623KB）（Mar 2016）
- French version[PDF]（418KB）（Mar 2016）
- Simple Japanese version[PDF]（464KB）（Mar 2016）
Book: 17,068（open shelf: about 12,000, closed stacks: about 5,000） books
including 8,196 in English, 3,497 in Chinese, 1,728 in Korean, 911 in French and 906 in Portuguese.
Journal: 14 titles
Magazine: 50 titles
as of 31 March 2015
As part of the internal reorganization of the prefectural libraries in the fiscal year 2003, the Saitama Prefectural Libraries have established a section for foreign language materials in the Kumagaya Library. We have 2 basic policies: to promote multicultural library services to multicultural populations in Saitama and to provide local residents with opportunities for international cultural exchanges.
Thank you for considering volunteering opportunities at Saitama Prefectural Libraries. We are working with volunteer translators in 5 languages (Chinese, Korean, English, Spanish, and Portuguese) in the fiscal year 2015. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.