Facilities

Library

The library occupies floors 1 to 4 the western end of the Amano Teiyu Hall and has a floor space of 11,555m² . Combining the functions of faculty libraries, undergraduate library, and research library, it is a center for study, education, and research.

General Information

  • photo01Regular hours: Monday-Friday 8:45-22:00
  • Saturday 8:45-20:00
  • Closed Sundays and holidays (excluding exam periods)
  • Loan periods
  • Undergraduates: 20 volumes for up to 14 days
  • Graduate students: 30 volumes for up to 30 days
Table 1: Collection (appendix)
Books (Volumes) Japanese 570,000 In open stacks (Volumes) Japanese 276,000
Western 320,000 Western 105,000
Total 890,000 Total 381,000
Periodicals (Titles) Japanese 8,900 Ongoing periodicals (Titles) Japanese 2,170
Western 4,900 Western 1,180
Total 13,800 Total 3,350
Newspapers 55 DVDs 3,300
Subscription databases 46 LDs 2,850
Records 11,000 Video tapes 2,100
CDs (disk only) 6,300 Microforms 400
As of 1/2012

Characteristics

  • Seismic isolation structure.
  • Common floor plan for each floor.
  • Entrances on floors 1-3.
  • Entrances on multiple floors make it easy for students to drop by the library before or after class and to come and go from adjacent learning support facilities.
  • The library has the capacity to store 1.43 million volumes with 380,000 in open stacks and the rest mainly in robotic stacks on the fourth floor.
  • The library was designed to encourage the use of books and periodicals in addition to the Internet.
  • Floors are arranged by subject, with all the books, periodicals, and reference works for a given subject on the same floor.
  • Each floor has its own reference counter.
  • Abundant reading areas are divided into quiet zones and device zones, enabling users to choose an area according to their mood that day.
  • The library provides learning and research support in cooperation with various groups of experts on campus.

Floor Plan

A remarkable feature of the library is the common floor plan for each floor. Entrances are on the east side of each floor with the library having an east-west layout. Reading areas are arranged along the windows on the south and north sides. The open stacks, stairs, and reference counters are in the center.

The open stacks are arranged in order from periodicals near the entrances, then reference works, and then books toward the back.

The support reference counter can be seen looking right at the top of the stairs in the library. (See map of floor 2.)

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Holdings

The library’s holdings include approximately 890,000 volumes of books, 13,800 titles of periodicals and newspapers, and a collection of DVDs, videos, CDs, and other audiovisual materials. About half of these materials are available in the open stacks on floors 1-3 with the remainder kept in closed stacks, which are mainly robotic, on the fourth floor.

Materials in the open stacks are arranged by floor according to the subject matter. (See Table 2: Floors by subject.) Some 27.6% of materials in the open stacks are in Western languages.

Table 2: Floors by subject
3F The Arts, Linguistics and Language, Literature
2F Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Technology, Industry
1F General Works, Philosophy, History

Gathering materials is made easy by having all the books, periodicals, and reference works for a given subject on one floor.

Dokkyo University is committed to the study of languages, and so arranges materials to highlight this emphasis on language. The Academic Support Center’s International Communication Zone (ICZ) is located near the third-floor entrance to the library. So, the library placed materials on linguistics and languages near the third-floor entrance to facilitate movement back and forth between the library and the ICZ, as a space for cross-cultural exchanges where people can soak in the culture of different linguistic areas, and to make it easier to obtain language learning support.

The robotic stacks are located on the fourth floor with stations for retrieving and returning books on the first, second, and third floors. Library users can request materials through the online public access catalog (OPAC) and retrieve them on the first floor. The fourth floor also has closed stacks for depositing materials that do not fit in the containers for the robotic stacks.

The library also houses nearly 17,000 rare books and special materials, mainly a collection of works on German Expressionism and the works of Shintaro Suzuki. These materials are kept in a climate controlled rare book room.

Reading Areas

The library’s various types of reading areas, designed with a range of uses in mind, have a total seating capacity of 1,130. Special attention was paid to the following two points when determining the arrangement of reading areas.

Device zones and quiet zones

Areas were divided to accommodate students who wish to study quietly, those who want to use a computer, and those who prefer to study while talking with their classmates. One zone is the device zone, which is on the right upon entering the library. Here, students may use PCs and other devices. There are 144 seats with notebook PCs, seats where students can use their own computer, rooms where classmates can talk, and seats where students can use AV devices.

The other zone, on the opposite side, is the quiet zone. Here, PCs and other devices are strictly prohibited.

In addition to seating along the windows, there are individual seats, seats with partitions and ones without partitions, and areas with different kinds of partitions to add variety. Thus, students can pick a seat depending on their mood that day or purpose.

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Reading areas are located on the north and south sides with the open stacks in between.

Books were positioned so that students can see them from seats in the reading areas, since the library wants students to use books instead of the internet only. The idea is to encourage students to become proficient at both by naturally increasing opportunities for them to take books into their hands.

Support Systems

Each floor has a reference counter. Assistants at each counter can answer questions about materials on that floor and help students when they do not know how to find materials or are having difficulty finding materials. The full-time staff is in charge of achieving consistency between materials selection and the reference counters on each floor.

The reference counter on the first floor is the general reference counter. In addition to the materials on the first floor, it handles inquires about interdisciplinary fields and handles the ordering of materials from other university libraries.

The library also provides guidance in many forms at the start of new semesters and before regular examinations. Basic library use is explained in separate guidance offered to undergraduates, exchange students, and graduate students. Functions are also held to encourage effective use of the library, including library tours and a “Stamp-Rally” that introduce the arrangement of materials and what can be done in the library, guidance sessions on methods of searching for materials, and database workshops.

Addendum

In addition to the facilities listed above, there is also a counter on the 2nd floor that will loan you PCs and provide support on how to use them.

There are refreshment rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors furnished with drink vending machines.