The Art Library collects and preserves books and reference materials dealing chiefly with modern and contemporary art. These materials are available for viewing by the general public free of change.


※The Art Library is closed on museum closing dates.

  • Hours 10:00-18:00
  • Requests for restricted materials 10:00-17:00
  • Copy service 10:00-17:00


Books and other materials can only be viewed on the premises of the library. They cannot be borrowed or taken outside the museum. There are two kinds of materials, restricted and unrestricted. Unrestricted materials can be viewed freely while it is necessary to apply to view restricted materials, using the procedure explained below.

Open Access

Many books, reference materials, exhibition catalogues, and current magazines and journals, in both Japanese and foreign languages, may be viewed without restriction.

Restricted Access

(applications accepted between 10:00-17:00)
Some books, exhibition catalogues, and back numbers of magazines are kept in the storage area. It is necessary to apply in order to view these materials. Please find the desired materials on the search computer or in the catalogue, full out an application form, and present it at the reference desk. It is possible to apply for five items at a time.

Material Search

There are three search computers in the library. You may search by title, author, artist, or exhibition name. You may also search for Art library materials on the Internet.
To search for materials click here

Reference Service

Reference service is available during the hours the library is open. If you have any questions about art books or reference materials or what is available in the library, please feel free to ask at the reference desk.

Copy service (10:00-17:00)

  • Copies can be made of library materials as far as permitted by copyright. Some materials cannot be copied because of preservation problems.
  • Black and White copies: 30yen per page Color copies: 100 yen per page.
  • Copies may also be made from microfilm. Black and white only: 30 yen per age.

Precautions in Using the Library

  • Please do not eat, drink, or take photographs in the library.
  • Please do not bring anything into the library except writing materials and valuables.
  • Store bags and other items in lockers.
  • Please do not use the library for purposes other than observing library materials such as studying for tests.
  • Please use library with care.

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