Meiji University Library

Nakano Library


The Nakano Library opened on April 1, 2013 at the new Nakano Campus, which was established as a "hub campus for internationalization, advanced research, and social collaboration”. On the only campus in Meiji University where students from both the liberal arts and science departments study together, the library offers a collection of books specializing in subjects studied in both the School of Global Japanese Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences. The library offers a comfortable environment for focused study, and a space where people and the flow of information can actively interact.

Display Section

Newly arrived books and a collection of books on various themes are displayed near the entrance gate. Not only the library staff, but students also sometimes create and display special sections based on a theme. At the back of the display section there are paperbacks, English readers, and other frequently used materials.

Circulation counter and Reference counter

The circulation counter provides services such as borrowing, returning, and reserving books. A self-checkout machine is also available. The reference counter provides consultation on how to use the library to search for books and other academic information.


PCs for OPAC and databases are located near the entrance of the library. A DB (Data Base) PC can be used to search for information such as newspaper articles and corporate information using databases.

Newspaper Area and Journal Area

There are Japanese and international newspapers, sports newspapers and specialized newspapers in the Newspaper Area. Back issues are stored on the electric mobile shelving. The latest issues of general and academic journals are available in the Journal Area. Back issues are stored on the electric mobile shelving.

Seats in Reading Area

There are 172 seats in the Reading Area, divided into the PC area (119 seats) where you can use laptop computers and calculators, and the quiet area (53 seats) where you can concentrate and study quietly. Wireless LAN is available in the library, but PCs for loan are unavailable in the Nakano Library. Please use the PCs in the Learning Lounge (1st floor of the high-rise building) or the Media Study Room (2nd floor of the high-rise building).


Seismic isolation shelves which reduce the shaking caused by earthquakes are installed in the bookshelf area. When an earthquake of seismic intensity 5 or higher occurs, the shelf locks are released and the bookshelves absorb the shaking. Electric mobile shelving is also installed in the library for reference books, technical books, photographic books, and large books.

Information Literacy Area

This is an area available for guidance on using the library and searching for information. When no guidance is underway the area is open for general use.


 Eating and drinking are not allowed in the library, including the lounge. However, users can bring in beverages with caps on them such as PET bottles and personal bottles.

Floor Map



Nakano Library provides guidance for general information about using the library and guidance for searching for information. If you would like to apply to join a guidance session or if you have any questions, please contact the Reference Counter at the Nakano Library. Library Guidance for seminar students For seminar students and all students enrolled in classes, we provide guidance sessions on library services. These sessions include information on library facilities, how to use the library, how to search using OPAC and external databases, and how to search for journal articles. This service is available throughout the year. [Contact] Meiji Nakano Library mn-ref[at]   Please change [at] to @.

Library Information Retrieval Guidance

We hold guidance sessions on various topics such as how to search for books and journals using OPAC, how to search for journal articles and newspaper articles using databases, how to use electronic journals, and how to search for literature covering various fields. In these sessions, participants operate computers themselves. Eligibility: Students, Faculty and Staff of the university Date: To be announced on Oh-o!Meiji, Library Web page or twitter, etc. Time required: 25-60 minutes (varies depending on the topic) Place: Nakano Library Information Literacy Area, Classroom Application: To be announced on Oh-o!Meiji, Library Web page or twitter, etc.

Electronic resources, User's Guide

PC Area

There are reading areas where computers can be used. Please check the bulletin board in the library for available areas. Students, faculty and staff can use the wireless LAN connection service. Nakano Library does not have computers available for loan, so please bring your own.

Database PCs

The computers in front of the Reference Counter are for the use of external databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and CD-ROM materials. Since external databases and electronic journals also use the Internet, you will need to attend a MIND Introductory Course. Note: You cannot connect to sites other than external databases with these database PCs. Editing is not supported for Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.


Newspapers for the last three months are available in the Newspaper Area. However, the length of time newspapers are retained depends on each newspaper. Earlier editions of newspapers are located on the electric mobile shelving.

Newspaper title Retention period
Asahi Shimbun(朝日新聞) 3 months
Yomiuri Shimbun(読売新聞) 3 months
Mainichi Shimbun(毎日新聞) 3 months
Sankei Shimbun(産経新聞) 6 months
Nihon Keizai Shimbun(日本経済新聞) 3 months
Senken Shimbun(繊研新聞) 6 months
Sports Nippon(スポーツニッポン) 6 months
Tokyo Shimbun(東京新聞) 6 months
The Japan Times 6 months
The Japan Times On Sunday 6 months
International New York Times 6 months
New York Times 6 months
People’s Daily(人民日報北京版) 6 months
Dong-a Ilbo(東亜日報) 6 months
Meiji University News(明大広報)  


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