Journals, books, and other sources of bibliographical information are very important for education and research at a university. In recent years, moreover, there has been a growing need to make use of online databases, electronic journals and other electronic media.
In line with these changes, university libraries are now handling diverse electronic media, improving information search services, and providing information on research results, in addition to their conventional functions of gathering, storing and providing printed materials.
For its part, Tokyo Metropolitan University has library facilities at the Minami Osawa, Hino, Arakawa and Harumi campuses, as well as in each faculty and graduate school.
Health Sciences Library (Arakawa)
The Health Sciences Library serves the Faculty of Health Sciences on the Arakawa Campus. As well as materials needed to train nurses (public health nurses, midwives), physiotherapists, occupational therapists and medical radiology technicians, who require high levels of specialization, the Library also offers access to internal and external medical databases and provides the latest bibliographical information.
Libraries outside the Arakawa Campus
The Central Library, located in the center of the Minami Osawa Campus, occupies five floors (three above ground and two basements). As well as the normal reading rooms, it also has carrels for use by individual readers, reading rooms for group discussion, and rooms where PCs and other equipment can be used.
The collections housed in the Library cover a broad-range of fields from the humanities to natural sciences, and include precious collections such as the “Mizuno-ke bunsho” (historical documents of the Mizuno family).
*Collections held across the Minami Osawa Campus account for some 1.85 million volumes, including books in faculty libraries and elsewhere.
The System Design Library serves the System Design Faculty on the Hino Campus. It houses collections of material essential for study and research in the Human Mechatronics Systems, Information and Communications Systems, Aerospace Engineering, Management Systems Engineering and Industrial Art courses.