Library guide for researchers belonging to the Institute of Social Sciences

Available Services (reading, photocopying, borrowing)
Library Guide in detail (Sorry, Japanese only)
1. About the Library Card
You must have the Library Card whenever you borrow the books and materials of the ISS Library. You can use other libraries in the University of Tokyo with your Library Card. If you have the University of Tokyo ID card (IC card), you can use it as your Library Card after application.
2. Obtaining the Library Card
Please come to the ISS Library counter with your ID card issued by the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and fill in the application form for the Library Card. Then we issue a Library Card immediately (It takes about 10 minutes). Also in the case you have the University of Tokyo ID card (IC card), please come to the counter with it and fill in the application form, so that we will register your user data in the library system.
3. Searching books
You can search the materials stored in all the university libraries and laboratories using the University of Tokyo OPAC (UT-OPAC). Please note some materials are not computerized and cannot be found with UT-OPAC.
OPAC (English Version)

With the title or author etc. of the books, you can check which library holds them. When your search succeeds, make a note of the call number (eg. B:6108:22) .
If the books you need are in the ISS Library, you can enter the closed stack rooms of the Library.
If the books are not held in the ISS Library, you can use the libraries of other faculties and institutes in the University of Tokyo. You can check how to use other libraries in the University by the following URL.
List of Univ. of Tokyo libraries
4. Entering the Stacks
You must submit your ID card at the Library counter whenever you enter the stacks of the ISS Library. Books are arranged in the order of call number. You can look for books stored in the stacks by yourself. When you find the books you need and are going to use them in your research room or make photocopies of a part of them, please carry them out to the counter and make the applications for "Reading" or "Borrowing". When you go out of the stacks, please do not forget to receive your ID card at the counter.
The stacks are composed of the new stack room (layer 2-10), old stack room (layer 1-10) and other stack rooms (A-H on B1F and 307 on 3F). As just described, the stacks are complicated and the location of materials may be incomprehensible. When you cannot find the books you need, please ask at the counter.
5. "Reading" procedure
"Reading" procedure means a day use. You can use books by "Reading", but you must return it until 17:00 in the same day. You can use newly arrived periodicals and microfilms only by "Reading".
When you use books by "Reading", please submit the books and your Library Card at the counter. If the data of the books is not computerized, please fill in the "Reading" slip provided.
6. "Borrowing" procedure
By "Borrowing" procedure, you can use the book within certain term. Part-time researchers can borrow up to 20 books for one month. When you borrow books, please submit the books and your Library Card at the counter. We will check them out using computer, but you need to fill in the "Borrowing" slip provided for some of the books and materials which cannot be checked out with the computer.
Please return the books within the borrowing term. If you wish to extend the borrowing term, return the books and borrow them again at the counter, or utilize the service of the "Check Status of Loan/Reservation" of "MyOPAC".
7. "Returning" procedure
Please come to the Library and return the books at the counter. You must return them until the due date. If you have overdue materials, you cannot borrow other books.
When you leave the University of Tokyo for going back to your country or move to other research institute, please be sure to return the Library Card and the books you are borrowing.
8. Utilizing MyOPAC
MyOPAC (English Version)

By logging into MyOPAC, the following services become available:
  • OPAC searches: By using OPAC while logged in, books located in your department library are listed first, and a button for requesting delivery is displayed.
  • Delivery request service:  With OPAC search results, you can make requests for delivery or copies of books in other libraries (including those outside the university) or view PDF files. You can also view the processing status of your request.
  • Book purchase requests: You can request that the library adds a book to its collections.
  • Check Status of Loan/Reservation:  You can check reservation status, or extend the lending period of currently borrowed books.
  • Password or e-mail address change
Additionally, notices from libraries and days/hours of operation of frequently visited libraries can be displayed. Bookmarks can be made to save OPAC search results as links.
For detailed information, please refer the HELP
9. Database services
Not only OPAC but also many digital information services such as databases, e-journals, a table of contents information services are offered by the University of Tokyo Library System. You can use these services by the following URL.
The Institute of Social Sciences(ISS) Library
University of Tokyo Library System
GACOS : Gateway to Academic Contents System
10. Delivery & ILL service
Book/Photocopy Delivery Service is available when the materials are held by the libraries of other campuses such as Komaba Library or Kashiwa Library.
General Library, Komaba Library and some libraries of the University of Tokyo offer the image-PDF delivery Service, which enables you to obtain articles electronically.
Inter-library loan/photocopy (ILL) service is available when materials are held by other universities/institutes.
Only the Book Delivery Service in the University of Tokyo is free, and others are fee-based.
You can order these services via MyOPAC. Pre-registration is needed when you order the charged services.
For details, please ask the librarian of ISS Library.