The Chiyoda Public Library General Information

The Chiyoda Public Library is free for all. You need to apply for a library card the key to all the resources and services of the Chiyoda Public Library.

On the web site, you may reserve or renew materials at「マイページ」(My page) .

The Library Card

You are entitled to a free library card if you are a resident of Japan.To get a library card, you must bring your identification to any library branch.

Identification Requirements

Any of the following types of identification are accepted:s

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・Residence card

・Special permanent resident certificate

・Alien registration certificate

If you do not possess any of the above, you need to present your passport and one of the resident identification types listed below.

Passport + Resident Identification

・Current passport *essentially required

・Any piece of personal mail with current postmark or utility bill (must be dated within the last 3 months)

The library card is valid for every library branch in Chiyoda City.

・The library card will expire if not used you don’t use it for 2 years. Expired cards must be renewed.

・To replace your library card in the event of a change in address or other personal information, you need to meet the above identification requirements.

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to outside parties .

Checkout Limits (for All Library Branches) and Loan Periods

Books・Kamishibais(paper dramas)・Magazines

Up to 10 items for 2 weeks(Residents of Chiyoda City)

Up to 5 items for 2 weeks(Residents Living Outside Chiyoda City)


Up to 3 items for 2 weeks


Up to 2 items for 2 weeks

・Items not requested by another library member become eligible for renewal 1 week into the current loan period.Please note that items belonging to libraries other than Chiyoda City cannot be renewed.Eligible items may be renewed online at「マイページ」(My Page) or by phone.

Returning Materials

Most circulating material can be returned to any Chiyoda Public Library branch.

Opening Hours → at the service desks
After-Hours → at the book drops

Please note that the following items should be returned in person at any library branch:

[CDs・DVDs・Videos]→ to any library branches

[Items belonging to other libraries ]→ to the library branch from which you borrowed it

Requesting Materials

You may place requests for library materials as follows:

1.Using the library’s online catalog 「本・資料をさがす」(Search Items).

2.Using 「資料検索機」(Search Computers) in the library.

3.Filling in 「予約カード」(Requests Form) and submitting it to the library.

4.Calling the Request Service Desk (TEL 03-5211-4363)

Maximum Number of Requests to Allowed at One Time

Books・Kamishibais(paper dramas)・Magazines: Up to 5 items

CDs: Up to 3 items

DVDs・Videos: Up to 2 items

Requested Items

・When you place requests, you may record your contact preferences [Phone・Email・Unnecessary] for notification that your items are available.

・Once you receive notification that your items are available, you have 1 week to claim them before they are returned to circulation.

・You may cancel requests online「マイページ」(My Page)or by phone.

・If your card or borrowing items are lost, inform the library immediately.

・If an item is overdue for more than 14 days, you will not be able to place requests.

・If an item is overdue for more than 30 days, you will not be able to borrow materials from the library.

Facilities of the Chiyoda Library(Contacts for Other Branches)

Types of Seating

There are seats for public use and library card holders only. (Chiyoda City Residents seats・Carrels・Computers with Internet access・Audio & Video booths)

・If you are not a resident of Japan, you may ask for one-day use of these seats.

Internet Access

You may bring your own laptop to the library. LAN cables and outlets are available at all desks.

Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available on the 9th floor.


Plastic bottles or water bottles with caps are allowed in the library.

No food and beverages in paper cups or paper packs are allowed in the library.

Free space for refreshments is available on the 1st floor. A convenience store and a smoking room are available on the 10th floor.

The Chiyoda Public Library

Chiyoda Library

Address 9&10F Chiyoda City Office, 1-2-1 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku 102-8688
Telephone 03-5211-4289・4290
OpeningHours MON-FRI 10:00-22:00
SAT 10:00-19:00
SUN/Holidays/December 29-31 10:00-17:00
Closed The 4th Sunday of every month/January 1-3/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From Tokyo Metro/Toei Subway Kudanshita Station(T-07/Z-06/S-05),EXIT 4 or 6: 5 mins walk.

Hibiya Library & Museum

Address 1-4 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku 102-8688
Telephone 03-3502-3340
OpeningHours MON-FRI 10:00-22:00
SAT 10:00-19:00
SUN/Holidays 10:00~17:00
Closed The 3rd Monday of every month/December29-January 3/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From Tokyo Metro Kasumigaseki Station (M-15/H-06/C-08) Exit B2/C4, Toei Subway Uchisaiwaicho Station (I-07) Exit A7: 3 mins walk. JR Shinbashi Station Hibiya Exit: 10 mins walk.

Yonbancho Library

Address 1 Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku 102-0081
Telephone 03-3239-6357
OpeningHours MON-FRI 9:00-20:00
SAT 9:00-19:00
SUN/Holidays/December 29-30 9:00-17:00
Closed The 1st Sunday of every month/December 31-January 3/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From Tokyo Metro Ichigaya Station(Y-14/N-09) Exit A3, Hanzomon Station(Z-05) Exit 5, Kojimachi Station(Y-15) Exit 6: 8 mins walk.

Shohei Machikado Library

Address 3-4-7 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku 101-0021
Telephone 03-3251-5641
OpeningHours SUN-SAT 9:00-20:00
December 29-30 9:00-17:00
Closed The 2nd Sunday of every month/December 31-January 3/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit, Tokyo Metro Suehirocho Station (G-14) Exit 3: 5 mins walk.

Kanda Machikado Library

Address 2-16 Kandatsukasamachi, Chiyoda-ku 101-0048
Telephone 03-3256-6061
OpeningHours SUN-SAT 9:00-20:00
December 29-30 9:00-17:00
Closed The 3rd Sunday of every month/December 31-January 3/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From JR/Tokyo Metro Kanda Station(G-13) North/West Exit, Tokyo Metro Awajimachi Station(M-19) Exit A2, Toei Subway Ogawamachi Station(S-07) Exit A2: 5 mins walk.

Chiyoda Parkside Plaza Library

Address 1 Izumicho, Chiyoda-ku 101-0024
Telephone 03-3864-8931
OpeningHours MON-SAT 9:00-19:00
SUN/Holidays 9:00-17:00
Closed The 3rd Sunday of every month/New Year’s season/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From JR Akihabara Station: 7 mins walk.Toei Subway Iwamotocho Station(S-08) Exit A4: 10 mins walk.

Gender Equality Center MIW Library

Address 10F Chiyoda City Office, 1-2-1 kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku 102-8688
Telephone 03-5211-8845
OpeningHours MON-FRI 9:00-21:00
SAT 9:00-17:00
Closed Sunday/Holidays/New Year’s season/Special Arrangement Periods
Directions From Tokyo Metro/Toei Subway Kudanshita Station(T-07/Z-06/S-05),EXIT 4 or 6: 5 mins walk.

Valuable Collections of Chiyoda Library

“Naimu-sho Itaku Bon”–The original books Home Ministry had censored.


During the prewar period of Japan, the Home Ministry was censoring published materials, so all the books published in Japan at the period were carried into the Home Ministry. After around 1937,the Home Ministry began to entrust a part of the reviewed books to 4 public libraries, including Surugadai Library, the precursor of Chiyoda Library. Detailed records have not been found yet, but we are considering that Tokyo City had asked the Home Ministry to do so. Chiyoda Library calls these documents “Naimu-sho Itaku Bon”, which means books entrusted by the Home Ministry. At the present, there are about 2,300 books known to exist in our library.

Since “Naimu-sho Itaku Bon” in our library are the original censored books, a lot of red and blue pencil marks, comments about whether to ban them and the likes still remain on these books. Though without any banned books, our collections of these books are valuable ones for the history of publication, for we can find out the actual process of censoring from these collections.

These books used to be kept on our closed shelves, however, Mr. Kunio Asaoka (researcher of cultural history of publishing) served as a trigger for us to have another look at them. He noticed the values of the books while he was researching the publishing history of prewar period including censorship. With his advice, we had checked all of 90,000 books on our shelves one by one and selected about 2,300 books as “Naimu-sho Itaku Bon.”

“Hitotsubashi and Surugadai Toshokan Gyomu Shiryo(Operational Documents of the Hitotsubashi and Surugadai Libraries)”


At Chiyoda Library, we have filed and stored 135 operational documents, called “Hitotsubashi and Surugadai Toshokan Gyomu Shiryo(Operational Documents of the Hitotsubashi and Surugadai Libraries)”, from our precursors two Tokyo City libraries, Hitotsubashi Library(1913-1929) and Surugadai Library(1929-1955).

From these documents such as the day-duty logs, night-duty logs, financial records, statement books of admission fees and binders of book-purchasing quotations, we can find out some details about the libraries at the time from about 1923 to 1955.

Since the Hitotsubashi and Surugadai Libraries, along with the Hibiya, Fukagawa and Kyobashi Libraries, played a key role in the initial stages of Tokyo City libraries during the prewar period, these documents are very important data in the study of library and publishing history.

From these operational documents, we can see a progression of library duties and operations in detail, which could not be grasped from the public-relation magazines at the time called “Shiritsu Toshokan To Sono Jigyo (City Libraries and Their Duties)”  or from the official documents of Tokyo City.

These documents are also attracting attention from the aspect of improving the accuracy of the study of library history. For example, new information will be found, like primary sources forming the basis of the memoirs written by library staff and so on.

A main grouping of “Toshokan Gyomu Shiryo” and their numbers

(Photos of representative documents of each group can be seen in the Collection Introduction PDF.)

(1)44 Diaries, 1923-1956

(2)22 Account books (in which disbursements deducting from the budgets were kept), 1922-1944

(3) 6 Lists of purchasing books, donation books, etc., 1923-1929

(4) 16 Binders of documents related to book-purchasing, 1928-1936

(5)1 Monthly report of book stock, 1932-1942

(6)23 Daily statement books of admission fees, 1930-1946

(7)12 Binders of documents; for example, official notifications of appointment, operating reports, written responses, letters of resignation, absense reports with doctor’s certificates, notifications of enlistment, notifications of change of address, 1924-1950

(8)11 Other documents, 1924-1956

The Rare Book Catalog Collection


Trading of rare books in Japan has a long history. It began from the Heian period, and was said to have become as an occupational industry by the end of the Edo period. During the Meiji period, rare book catalogs became popular to support the thriving book sales through mail order as well as in bookstores to introduce the books on sale.

These rare book catalogs were created for temporary use, and were rarely kept for long periods of time. But from these catalogs, we can find out some details about old books that were present at that time, including summaries, price history, etc. We can also find clues as to how books were distributed at different times. It is more valuable as a whole collection than individual catalogs when you study the publishing Industry’s history.


The collection of rare book catalogs in this library consist of 9,350 items which were issued mainly during the Meiji to Showa period. They were donated by Mr.Shigeo Sorimachi(the owner of Kobunsou bookstore), the Tokyo Association of Dealers in Old Books, and Mr.Mitsutoshi Nakano (Kyusyu University professor emeritus). This is a rare collection in Japan among both university and public libraries.

Some valuable history of the rare books industry can be found in these catalogs. Since Chiyoda Ward has been a long time center of the publishing and rare books Industries, it is appropriate to have this collection as a local resource.

In 1996, about 6,880 catalogs were donated by Mr.Yuichi Sorimachi, the first son of Shigeo, and the Tokyo Association of Dealers in Old Books. These were made public in 1999 and entered into the library’s database in 2006, and an additional 2,470 catalogs were donated in 2006 by Mr.Mitsutoshi Nakano. These were published in the library’s database in 2010. This collection is available on the library’s website.