ICU 国際基督教大学



Please extend the Library service hours.

The most popular request to the Library is regarding the extension of its open hours. To meet this request, the Library started opening on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons during the term, from April 1, 2010. Since offered services are limited, please check the details of services at the following URL.

<Changes on the Open Hours>
AY2009           from AY2010
Saturdays: 9:00~16:30   9:00~20:00
Sundays:   Closed     13:00~19:00 *1, *2

*1 Othmer Library is closed on Sundays.
*2 Only for ICU students, faculties and staff

It's too warm. It's too cold.

Because the heating and air-conditioning of the Library buildings are managed by the campus central power station, it is not possible to turn on, off, or adjust the thermostat at the Library. Also, heating and air-conditioning are in operation only during the month period the University sets. As long as the University adopts this system, it is impossible for the library to solve the problem completely.

Please ask the Library staff when you feel that it is too warm or cold. We would like to respond on a case-by-case basis, including presenting the case to the power station. Meanwhile we would like to ask users to adjust by changing seats and opening windows. Thank you for your cooperation.

What are the penalties of serious overdue offenses?

When hold request is put on the book.

  1. When hold request is put on the book, or when the book with hold request becomes overdue, the Library staff send reminders to overduers until the book is returned. Reminders are sent to yamata email addresses.
  2. If 1 week passed after reminder and the book is still not returned, the Library staff make phone calls and send letters to overduers until it is returned.

When no hold request is put on the book.

reminders are sent for overduers that exceed 1 day or 2 weeks, to yamata email addresses. If the book is still not returned, the Library staff make phone calls and send letters to overduers until it is returned.

Please put a hold request when the book that you would like to borrow is on loan. Ask at the Reference Service Center when it is urgent. Inter-Library Loan Service (ILL) and TAC Library Lending Service (TLL) may be available. We do not adopt overdue penalty system with suspension of checkout service as you might see in other libraries, not to disturb academic activities of the students.

Why does the Library charge overdue fines?

It is not the purpose of overdue fines to collect money. We hope that it acts as a deterrent to prevent overduers and to protect the interests of all library users. It is possible to renew loan period as long as no hold request is put on the book. No overdue fines are charged if you renew loan period before the due date. We hope that every users keep the Library regulations without overdue fine system.

Collecting overdue fines is one of the important business of the Library, but also is the most complex and time-consuming work. The overdue fines are not booked as the Library budget income. Less overdues, less burden on both you and us. We would like to ask for your cooperation. Please note that clearing overdue fines is one of the necessary requirements for graduation.

I want the Library to purchase a journal title.

We do not accept journal orders from users.

The Library purchase journals and newspapers as standing orders. Once the journal title is ordered, it will be continuously purchased, and payment continues semipermanently. Journal orders must be decided in consideration; the importance of the title in the field of study, the appropriateness with courses that ICU provides, usage statistics, etc. These are the reason why journals cannot be ordered in the same manner as books. We have to stop purchasing one title to acquire a new one in terms of budget.

Why can't I borrow journals?

Only senior and graduate students can borrow journal issues shelved on the ground floor and in ASRS. The opinion that it might be more useful if everybody can borrow journals, comes up in the case where one is denied borrowing a journal issue that one wanted, and not in the case where one found the wanted issue borrowed by others. The Library prefers the service that everyone can always come and browse journals in the Library rather than the service that everyone can check journals out of the Library. Thank you for your cooperation.

What happened to the book that I had requested the Library to purchase?

The Library staff considers the suitability of the title within the ICU Library system. The titles that meet requirements are promptly ordered. Delivery depends on the status of the book market circulation. It takes about one month for Japanese books, and two to three months for non-Japanese books to arrive and to be on the shelves. Some books are found to be out of print and therefore cannot be ordered. Inter library loan service is available. In order to use this service, fill out the form under "MyLibrary".

Please log in to MyLibrary and click "Book Order Status" to check the present status of the books you ordered.

MyLibrary login page

Why are there are so few novels in the Library?

Since ICU Library is a university library, priority is set to collect materials suitable for the courses provided by the university and for users' research and study. Novels are not regarded as important part of our collection unless they are subject of academic research. If you need specific novels for your research and studies, please fill out the form under "MyLibrary".


March 2017



Open Hour

Weekday (In term)
8:30 - 22:30
Saturday (In term)& Summer
9:00 - 20:00
Saturday (Exam)
9:00 - 22:30
Sunday (ONLY for ICU students,Faculties, and staff/Othmer library closed)
13:00 - 19:00
Out of Term
9:00 - 16:30

My Library