The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.
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Users' guide (Museum staff and affiliates)

General Users, Please Look Here Library User Guide (General)

Entry

You may pass through the entry gate using your Minpaku personal security card. Please be sure to have it with you when you use the library.

  • For those who do not have a personal security card, we will issue one to joint-use researchers and affiliated researchers in the Library. Please apply at the counter.

Open Hours

  • Normal Open Hours Mondays-Saturdays 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.
  • After-Hours Use (Counter is Closed.) Mondays-Saturdays 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Sundays and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Even if Saturday is a holiday, the Library will have normal open hours.
    • The Library will be closed during the New Year’s holidays (December 28-January 4).

Lending

Please bring materials that you wish to borrow to the Library Counter.

User Type Lending Type Number of Items Lending Period
Books Journals/Magazines New Issues of Journals/ Magazines
Staff Take-Out Lending 10 items 3 months × ×
In-Facility Lending -- 6 months 1 week 4:00 p.m.
to 10:00 a.m. the next day that the Library is open
Other Minpaku Affiliated Persons Take-Out Lending 10 items 3 months × ×
In-Facility Lending 50 items 6 months 1 week 4:00 p.m.
to 10:00 a.m. the next day that the Library is open
  • In-Facility Lending means that the materials are used inside the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku). When you take the materials out of the facility, it becomes “Take-Out Lending.” Please select one or the other when the materials are lent to you.
  • Certain materials may not be lent out.
    You can check whether the item may be lent out when you perform a Collection Search For details, please view the National Museum of Ethnology Library Use Policy.
  • You will be required to pay for any damaged or lost materials. Handling of lost or damaged library materials
  • We ask that when you go overseas for business and cannot come to the library for an extended period (3 months or more), please return the materials lent to you before you leave for your trip.

Returns

Additional materials cannot be lent to you if you have overdue materials.
Please return materials to the Library Counter by the due date.
For after-hours returns or when the Library is closed, please use the Book Drop in front of the Library entrance.

Renewal of Lending Period

In general, materials cannot be renewed.
You must first return the item; if no one else has reserved it, you can borrow it again.

Reservations

You can reserve materials that are currently lent out.
You may apply at the Library counter, or you may make a reservation directly via OPAC.

  • Reservations via OPAC require an ID and a password.
    First-time users, please inquire at the counter.

Confirmation of Usage Information

You can check materials that are loaned out, their due date, and reservation status via our website.
MyLibrary https://opac.minpaku.ac.jp/mylibrary/myliblogin.html

  • MyLibrary use requires an ID and password.
    First-time users, please inquire at the counter.

Copying Materials

Library materials may be copied for investigation, research or study within the scope permitted by copyright law. Please apply at the library counter when you wish to make photocopies.

  • For those with a Copy Card
    Please fill in the Application Form next to the copier and make your copies.
  • For those without a Copy Card
    You can make copies at your own expense. Please apply at the Library Counter.
    Copy Available Times: Mondays - Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Type of Copy Fee
Electronic Copying Electronic Copying Monochrome 10 yen/sheet
Color 80 yen/sheet
Other than Self-Service Copying Monochrome 20 yen/sheet
Color 100 yen/sheet
Micro-reader Printer 25 yen/sheet
  • Fees are to be paid cash-on-delivery.
  • Change is not available, so please have exact change ready.

Requesting Materials from Outside Minpaku

You can request materials that are not in Minpaku’s collection (both in libraries in Japan and overseas, as well as the National Diet Library), so please consult us.

Application Forms:
To Copy Materials Not Held by Minpaku ( PDF Format ) ( Excel Format )  /  To Borrow Materials Not Held by Minpaku ( PDF Format ) ( Excel Format )
 
Bring your application form to the counter or send it as an e-mail attachment.
E-Mail Address: counter@idc.minpaku.ac.jp
When graduate students apply using public funds, the personal seal of a faculty member in charge is required.

You can apply online as well.  MyLibrary 

  • MyLibrary use requires an ID and password.
    First-time users, please inquire at the counter.

Using Libraries Outside of Minpaku

Using a library outside of the Minpaku will require an identification card and a letter of introduction, so please check in advance.
Please apply at the Library counter if you require a letter of introduction.

Using Online Services

You can use a variety of online services.