Central Library User Guide

Last revised on Nov. 14, 2018


  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-degree students
  • Faculty and staff (full-time faculty and staff, visiting faculty, part-time lecturer, assistant professors, research associates, etc.)
  • Students from Waseda University Senior/Junior High School, Art & Architecture School, and affiliated high schools
  • Library card holders
  • Alumni: See here for “Library information for alumni”
  • Waseda Supporters' Club Card holders
  • Open college members over the age of 18 (Extension Center)
  • Users from cooperative agreement university libraries (Keio University, Doshisha University, Hitotsubashi University and Kansai University)
  • Special auditing students and exchange students under cooperative agreement universities with Waseda
  • Visitors with a letter of introduction issued by other institutions: See here for “Message to the Library Visitors”

Entering and exiting the library

  • How to enter and exit the library
  • Library entrance is operated by the automated entrance system with user’s card (Student ID, Faculty and staff ID, and Library card). If you forget ID/ library card, you cannot enter the library. You are not permitted to transfer your ID/library card to anyone else.
  • Those who have a Waseda card/ Alumni Association (Koyu-kai) card or a Waseda Supporters' Club Card can enter the library with the card.
  • Visitors must show their letter of introduction at the Information Counter and complete a procedure.
  • You must pass through the book detection system (BDS) when exiting the library. For a one-day library card user, please return the card to the information counter when exiting the library.
  • Obtaining a library card
  • If you are member of the university but have not received a library card, you can obtain a card by presenting your ID and other necessary documents at the Information Counter and completing the Library Card Application form. Be sure to bring a piece of ID such as a driver’s license to confirm your name and address.
  • A fee will be charged to reissue a library card.
  • For alumni who do not have Waseda card or Alumni Association (Koyu-kai) card, please complete an application at the Alumni Division (In Japanese only).

Borrowing and returning library materials

  • Always complete the borrowing procedures at the circulation desk before taking library materials off library premises.
  • In case that a book or other material borrowed from one of the Waseda University libraries is found in the Central Library, it will be handled as a lost and returned to its original location.
  • Follow the procedures below when returning used materials:
    Type of Material Return Procedure
    Book borrowed from the Circulation Desk Return to the Returns Desk (1st or 2nd floor)
    Books read in the library but not borrowed Return on the Book Returning Carts near the stacks
    Newspapers, magazines, and reference books Return to the original location

Library rules

  • Eating and drinking are prohibited inside the library. (*Only drinking is permitted in some designated area.)
  • Always carry your valuables with you to prevent theft.
  • Do not use mobile phones inside the library. Either turn your mobile phone off or set it to silent mode so as not to disturb other users.
  • Handle library materials and equipment with care. You may be fined for stains or damage to library materials.
  • Bringing and using cameras, scanners, or other recording equipment inside the library is prohibited.
  • Please use computers, calculators, and other devices in the designated locations only.
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