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KINDAI UNIVERSITY

Using the Library

Using Library Materials

Checking Out Items

Books

Take the books you wish to check out, along with your student card or your library card, to the third floor main counter. You cannot check out books if you do not have a student card or library card with you.

To check out books from the library stacks, go to the fifth floor stacks counter.

You can also check out books using the automated checkout stations on the third floor of the Central Library and in the Law School Branch Library.

You can also check out books at branch libraries in the Literature, Arts, and Cultural Studies and the Law School.

Maximum Number of Items That Can Be Checked Out, Loan Period (regular)

User Maximum number Period
Undergraduate students 10 15 days
Graduate students, researchers, staff 20 1 month
Faculty 45 3 months
Alumni 5 15 days
General public (B members) 3 15 days
  • Audiovisual materials and accompanying materials are counted separately from books.
  • Any changes to the library checkout rules will be reported on the bulletin board and on the Central Library website.

Accompanying Materials (DVDs, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, etc.)

This refers to media accompanying books and other materials. (Called "Attachment" on OPAC.)

Take the items you wish to check out, along with your student card or your library card, to the third floor main counter.

  • You cannot check out items if you do not have a student card or library card with you.
  • You cannot check out only accompanying materials.
  • You cannot place a hold on accompanying materials.
  • Return accompanying materials to the counter where you checked them out.
  • There are some materials that cannot be checked out due to usage rights.

Audiovisual Materials (DVDs, videocassettes, CDs)

Unlike accompanying materials described above, these refer to video materials that can be purchased individually.

Take the audiovisual materials you wish to check out, along with your student card or your library card, to the third floor main counter. You cannot check out items if you do not have a student card or library card with you.

Maximum Number of Audiovisual Materials That Can Be Checked Out, Loan Period (regular)

User Maximum number Period
Undergraduate students, graduate students,
researchers, faculty, staff
2 8 days
  • Books are counted separately from audiovisual materials.
  • Audiovisual materials cannot be renewed.
  • Return accompanying materials to the counter where you checked them out.
  • There are some materials that cannot be checked out due to usage rights. Please use these materials inside the library.
  • Any changes to the library checkout rules will be reported on the bulletin board and the Central Library website.

Materials That Cannot Be Checked Out

As a rule, the following materials cannot be checked out.

  • Open-stack reference books (books with a blue call number label)
  • Reserved books
  • Rare books
  • Doctoral dissertations
  • Special materials (microfilm, etc.)
  • Serial publications such as magazines and newspapers (including reduced-size editions)
  • Other materials that are labeled "Cannot be checked out."

Renewing Checked-Out Books and Materials

Present your student card or your library card at the third floor main counter. (Be sure to confirm the title of the book you want to renew beforehand.) The loan period will be extended for the normal loan period starting from the day you request renewal.

You may renew an item only once, and only if no one has placed a hold on the item in question and if you currently have no items that are overdue.

You can renew books online from the My Library page.

  • You cannot renew an item if you currently have any items that are overdue. Items cannot be renewed during the university's examination period.
  • We do not accept renewal requests by telephone.
  • Audiovisual materials cannot be renewed.

Returning Items

Items can be returned to the following places:

  • Third floor main counter
  • Literature, Arts, and Cultural Studies Branch Library
  • Law School Branch Library
  • Automated checkout stations in the Law School Branch Library

You do not need to present your student card or library card when returning items.

Be sure to return items within the loan period. If you are late making a return, you will not be allowed to check out items for a period equal to the number of days you were late.

There is an after-hours return box at the first floor main entrance to the Central Library and on the first floor of the Blossom Café on Campus E. Please use this to return items after hours or on days the library is closed. However, please return fragile items such as DVDs and CD-ROMs to the counter where you checked them out.

Placing Holds, Ordering from Another Kindai Library

  • Request a hold or order from another Kindai library by clicking on the icon displayed in the OPAC search results. (Note: You must be logged in.)
  • Request a hold or order from another Kindai library at the third floor main counter.
  • Books put on hold or ordered from another Kindai library must be picked up and checked out within six days (including the due date) of notification by the library (three days during examination period).
  • Holds can be placed on audiovisual materials at the main counter. (Note: Holds cannot be placed on audiovisual materials from OPAC or the My Library page.)
  • You can cancel holds or orders from another Kindai library from the My Library page.

Placing Holds

Placing a hold on a book allows you to be the first to check it out after the current user returns it to the Central Library, Faculty of Agriculture Library, or Faculty of Medicine Library.

Ordering from Another Kindai Library

You can order books not currently checked out from the Faculty of Agriculture Library and Faculty of Medicine Library and check them out at the main counter of the Central Library.

  • There are some books that cannot be held or ordered from another Kindai library.
  • Items on which multiple people have placed holds or orders will go to these people in the sequence that the holds or orders were placed.
  • If multiple books are currently checked out, the hold or order will automatically apply to all books and the person will receive the books in the sequence they are returned.
  • If many holds are place on a book, the library may temporarily make the book available for reading only inside the library. In such cases, people requesting a hold will be contacted.
  • For orders from another Kindai library, items cannot be delivered on public holidays and on library holidays.
  • The maximum number of holds and orders that can be placed is 10.
  • Alumni and the general public cannot place holds on books or order from another Kindai library.

Requests to Purchase Books

If you want the library to purchase books that are not currently in the Central Library, fill out a form called Book Purchase Request at the third and fourth floor counters.

You can also fill out this form online on the My Library page.

Note that books purchased will become part of the library collection, so in some cases requested books cannot be purchased. As a rule, the following cannot be purchased.

  • Entertainment literature, light reading, self-help books, magazines
  • Books more suitable to individual purchase (text books, test preparation books, how-to books)
  • Books costing less than ¥1,000, such as paperbacks and pocket editions.
  • Expensive books that exceed the library's budget.

Note that we may not be able to acquire books that are out of print or out of stock. (We will inform the person who made the request.)

For revised books, as a rule we will order the most recent edition.

Once the decision is made to purchase a book, it will be done so as soon as possible. Note, however, that it will take some time for the book to arrive.

Photocopying Materials

Due to copyright laws, some of the materials in the library may only be partially copied if they are being used for instructional, research, or learning purposes.
Photocopy machines in the library may only be used to photocopy library materials. Therefore, you may not photocopy personal notebooks and other copyrighted materials. If you do so, the library will immediately bar you from using the photocopy machines.
There are photocopy machines on the third, fourth, and fifth floors. You can pay for copies using cash (coins) or copy cards (prepaid type).

Photocopy Fees

Type of copy Fee
Black & white 10 yen (paper sizes: B5 to A3)
Color 50 yen (paper sizes: B5 to A3)
Black & white photocopy of microfiche materials A3: 20 yen, B4: 20 yen, A4: 10 yen (students, faculty, and staff)

For color copies and microfiche material copies, please go to the third floor main counter.

If you have any questions about using the photocopy machines, refer to question 2) "Is it permissible to provide copying services by a copying machine for public use set up by the library?" on the website of the Copyright Research and Information Center.

If You Lose Materials

If you lose or damage materials belonging to the Central Library, please inform the third floor main counter.