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The University of Tokyo is implementing “Academic Commons”, the University of Tokyo New Library Plan, which will substantially expand the current General Library at the Hongo Campus in order to create a new hub for excellence in education and research.
An entirely new building will be constructed beneath the area in front of the current library entrance, whilst a full scale renovation of the main building’s interior will preserve the original exterior of the historically significant structure.
The University of Tokyo has various initiatives under way to found a new academic hub for future generations. We have already started various endeavors.

Project Overview

 

4th floor Asian Studies Research Library

4th floor

4th floor

Asian Studies Research Library

A world leading Asian Studies Research Library will be established.→What is the “Asian Research Library”?

3rd floor readingRoom

3rd floor

3rd floor

Reading Room

A user friendly space that takes advantage of the General Library’s unique high ceiling.

Central Stacks

New bright central room converted from existing closed stacks.

2nd floor learning room

2nd floor

2nd floor

Reading Room

A user friendly space that takes advantage of the General Library’s unique high ceiling.

Learning Studio

A high-tech environment in which the capabilities for using multimedia materials and new knowledge technologies will be utilized to support the creation of a comprehensive digital archive and to act as a hub for various digital academic information from inside Japan and abroad.

Central Stacks

New bright central room converted from existing closed stacks.

1st floor Gate

1st floor

1st floor

New Acquisitions

Open Shelf Stack

Memorial Seminar Room / History Museum

The majestic room on the 1st floor, which was originally used as a “VIP room”, will be renovated into a memorial room to retain its historical significance. It will hold memorial speeches, ceremonial events, seminars for supporting members of the library, reading club activities and other programs that involve social actors.

Reception Area for Automated Storage and Retrieval System

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B1 floor

B1 floor

Rare Materials and Archival Storage

The university-wide storage capability managing rare and archival materials.

Library Plaza (tentative) ac_ground1

New Library Basement 1

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Library Plaza (tentative)

The entrance to the “main building” will take on the character of a “Portal to University Knowledge”. This space will facilitate active learning and research. It will be utilized by students, researchers and faculty for discussion and presenting collaborative research. Along with providing a space for students from different faculties to gather, learn interactively together and create new knowledge, it will also function as a gateway to the world of knowledge based upon personalized pathways tailored by librarians, tutors and TA (teaching assistants).

Facilities

  • Group Session Space
  • Book Forest Area
  • Tutoring Zone
  • Event Stage

Automated Storage and Retrieval System Automated Storage and Retrieval System inside

New Library Basement 2-3

B2-3 floor

Automated Storage and Retrieval System

A state-of-the-art automated storage system that ensures the safe preservation of materials system will be installed. Beginning with the National Diet Library and the British Library, the move to automated storage and retrieval systems is gathering pace both domestically and abroad. The University of Tokyo Kashiwa Library began using this type of system in 2007 and it proved its safety features during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Materials are delivered to the counter of the General Library via a conveyer belt. Not only can the system deliver materials within minutes, materials can be searched and ordered online from laboratories and so on.

New Library’s Goals

1) Combining the Digital Library and Traditional Library

A new building will be constructed beneath the area in front of the entrance to the General Library and will house an extensive automated storage and retrieval system with the capacity to hold approximately 3 million volumes. This will free up space inside the main building for a greater number of additional acquisitions in the future. Furthermore, it will create a new “hybrid library” in which users can move freely between digital information and physical publications.
The automated storage system will hold an extensive collection of back issues of art, humanities and social science journals in a centralized location for all faculties and departments. Users can order the journals held in the storage system and receive them at the counter in the main library. The existing closed stacks in the main library will also be renovated into a brighter and more accessible space. The New Library will meet users’ needs by enhancing its capabilities as an academic library.

2) Establishing a World Leading Asian Studies Research Library

Establishing a World Leading Asian Studies Research Library

The fourth floor of the main building will house an Asian Studies Research Library that brings together academic materials, rare books and special collections of the highest order. This will foster an environment for attracting international researchers to carry out world leading research in Asian Studies.
What is the “Asian Research Library”?

3) Supporting Collaborative and International Education

3) Supporting Collaborative and International Education

The “Library Plaza” on basement 1 floor of the new building will provide a communicative space to support student active learning and dynamic research. This will help link the education reforms and internationalization initiatives that the University of Tokyo is promoting.

4) Providing Japan’s Academic Culture to the World

4) Providing Japan's Academic Culture to the World

A number of Japan’s most important museums and universities are dotted around Shinobazu Pond in the Ueno and Hongo area. The New Library has plans to closely align itself with these neighboring cultural institutions and play a role in providing Japanese culture to the world.

5) Acting as a Public Foundation of Publishing Culture

5) Acting as a Public Foundation of Publishing Culture

In today’s era of digital media, print culture is undergoing a vast transformation. The New Library will contribute to the advancement of academic knowledge by continuing to proceed with large-scale digitalization whilst ensuring the storage and utilization of physical publications at the same time. The library will carry out its role of acting as a public foundation within Japanese society for ensuring the preservation of established knowledge.

Project Timeline

roadmap for construction completion

Initiatives of the Project

Digital Project

  • Improve the environment for accessing academic resources and construct an integrated infrastructure for university-wide digital information resources.
  • Establishment of an academic archive centering on the works of University of Tokyo faculty from past to present.
  • Contribute to the training system of digital librarians and collaborate with the University Museum and the University Archives based on digital humanities.
  • Establishment of a general archive of academic materials for East Asia Research.

Cultural Landscape, Safety and Environmental Responsibilities

The development and construction plan wil be carried out under the University’s long-term vision in full collaboration with the campus planning office. Complete consideration will be given to safety, materials and the surounding environment during the process.

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