About the Library

Matsushita Library & Information Center (MLIC) primarily serves the instructional and research needs of the IUJ students, faculty, and staff.

Today, MLIC holdings total approximately 100,000 volumes. A growing part of our collection is available in electronic form.

The main library collection is located on the second floor of the MLIC building. The collection generally reflects the academic program at IUJ, and it is strongest in the areas of academic program. Broad subject areas covered by our collection include international relations, international development, public administration, political science, area studies, economics, business administration, finance and accounting. Other related areas such as language, philosophy, statistics, and communications also form part of the collection.

As a special collection*1, MLIC has an extensive collection of books written in Arabic and Persian languages which were collected by the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies of the International University of Japan. This is one of the very rare collections in Japan including the English language materials which MLIC maintains.

MLIC offers free and easy access to 30 thousands of current journals, as well as to principal world economic statistics and data through E-Resources.

MLIC also subscribes to leading financial data and market research services, which enable students to access real time information on business and market movements.

Various library services are available online, such include Reference services, Book reservations, Book purchase requests, and Inter-Library Loan requests.

The library is open from 8:30 to 24:00. There are about 80 study carrels in the library. And many of them are with wireless LAN facilities, and network outlets on the study carrels are equipped for the use of personal laptop computers.

This advanced, user-oriented information center is maintained, developed and continually being upgraded by full-time experienced library and computing staff.

*1 about Special collection details

The collection was initiated by the wishes of Sohei Nakayama, the founder of IUJ, and consists of a wide range of materials related to Islamic Culture and Society. It contains basic reference books for religious studies such as various versions of commentary Qur’an, collections of the Hadith, as well as historical documents on early and medieval Islamic world, and many books of Jurisprudence, especially of the Hanafi School and Rich Fatwa collections. There are variety of books other than above mentioned categories, which are important and useful for the exact understanding of complex socio-cultural aspects of the Islamic tradition.