If you wish to check-out

How to Borrowing Materials

The registration can be accepted at General Counter in Central Library or North Library.

Necessary papers are difference at your position. Please check following table.
Other University's students and graduate students cannot make a library card. Please use Interlibrary Loan service from the library at your institution if you want to borrow.

Position Appropriate person
Visitors for borrowing Over 20 age who live in Hokkaido
Alumni Graduates of Hokkaido University
Researchers of other institution Other University teaching staff who live in Hokkaido
Research institute staff and librarian who live in Hokkaido
Elementary school, Junior high school, and High school teachers who live in Hokkaido
Extension course students Students who take a extension course at Hokkaido University (Valid for the duration of a course)
Hokkaido University Credit Card Members Holders of Hokkaido University Credit Card
Students of The Open University of Japan (Hohsoh Daigaku) Students of The Open University of Japan (Hohsoh Daigaku)

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○Visitors for borrowing

Procedure (* The registration cannot accept by mail or your substitute.)

Attention: We send your library card by mail when the registration is completed. You cannot borrow materials for the day.

Documents required for application

  • "Hokkaido University Library Service Registration Form" (There is General Counter. Downloads are available here (Japanese). [PDF 243KB])
  • A return envelope (* Please put an address and stick a stamp on.)
  • Please bring any Government-issued ID card to be able to confirm your name, address and age. (Driver license card, Insurance card, Individual number card, Residence card, etc.)

Service hours for registration
9:00 to 1 hour before closing time

We send you the library card within a week by mail. If it has not arrived, please inform Central library or North library.

Insert the magnetic strip of the library card into the slot and walk through. If you forget your card, you cannot check out materials.

  • The expiration date for the card is up to the end of March.
  • We can update the card right away. The service hours are same as that for registration. For procedure to the update card need to fill out of "Hokkaido University Library Service Registration Form" and any ID card to be able to confirm your name, address and age. You bring that, and please come to the General counter.
  • We issue library cards at no charge. However, if you lose it, you have to pay charge to reissue the card.
Location Borrowing Limits Loan period
Open stacks 2 15 days
Graded Readers (TADOKU) 2 15 days

* Please use the Automatic Check out Machine when you wish to borrow materials.
* If you wish to read materials in the closed stacks, please fill out "Library Material Request Form" and take it to the counter.


○Alumni

Procedure (* The registration cannot accept by mail or your substitute.)

Documents required for application

  • "Hokkaido University Library Service Registration Form" (There is General Counter. Downloads are available here (Japanese).[PDF 220KB])
  • Copy of Diploma or certificate of Graduation.
  • Please bring any Government-issued ID card to be able to confirm your name, address and age. (Driver license card, Insurance card, Individual number card, Residence card, etc.)
  • Hokkaido University Library card (If you already have it)

Service hours for registration
9:00 to 1 hour before closing time

From 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, we issue your library card right away.
After 17:00 to 1 hour before closing time on weekdays and 9:00 to 1 hour before closing time on weekends and national holidays, we receive your application, and issue the card on the next weekday.

Insert the magnetic strip of the library card into the slot and walk through. If you forget your card, you cannot check out materials

  • The expiration date for the card is up to the end of March.
  • We can update the card right away (including weekends and national holidays). The service hours are 9:00 to 1 hour before closing time. For procedure to the update card need to fill out of "Hokkaido University Library Service Registration Form" and any ID card to be able to confirm your name, address and age. You bring that, and please come to the General counter.
  • We issue library cards at no charge. However, you have to pay charge to reissue the card if you lose it.
Location Borrowing Limits Loan period
Open stacks 8 15 days
Graded Readers (TADOKU) 8 15 days
Closed stacks 5 15 days

* Please use the Automatic Check out Machine when you wish to borrow materials in the Open stacks.
* If you wish to read materials in the closed stacks, please fill out "Library Material Request Form" and take it to the counter.


○Researchers of other institution

Procedure (* The registration cannot accept by mail or your substitute.)

Please bring identification that shows your status and organizational titles of position and any Government-issued ID card to be able to confirm your name, address and age.(Driver license card, Insurance card, Individual number card, Residence card, etc.)

come to the General counter.
(Private enterprise researcher need letter of introduction from your research institution.)

Service hours for registration
9:00 to 1 hour before closing time

From 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, we issue or renew your library card right away.
After 17:00 to 1 hour before closing time on weekdays and 9:00 to 1 hour before closing time on weekends and national holidays, we receive your application, and issue or renew the card on the next weekday.

Location Borrowing Limits Loan period
Open stacks 8 15 days
Graded Readers (TADOKU) 8 15 days
Closed stacks 5 30 days

* Please use the Automatic Check out Machine when you wish to borrow materials in the Open stacks.
* You can enter the closed stacks. Materials in closed stacks can be borrowed at the counter.


○Extension course students

Procedure (* The registration cannot accept by mail or your substitute.)

Please bring identification that shows extension course student and come to the General counter.

Service hours for registration
9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays
*closed on weekends and national holidays

Location Borrowing Limits Loan period
Open stacks 8 15 days
Graded Readers (TADOKU) 8 15 days
Closed stacks 5 15 days

* Please use the Automatic Check out Machine when you wish to borrow materials in the Open stacks.
* If you wish to read materials in the closed stacks, please fill out "Library Material Request Form" and take it to the counter.


○Hokkaido University Credit Card Members

Procedure (* The registration cannot accept by mail or your substitute.)

Please bring Credit card and any Government-issued ID card to be able to confirm your name, address and age. (Driver license card, Insurance card, Individual number card, Residence card, etc.)

come to the General counter.

Service hours for registration
9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays
*closed on weekends and national holidays

Location Borrowing Limits Loan period
Open stacks 2 15 days
Graded Readers (TADOKU) 2 15 days

* Please use the Automatic Check out Machine when you wish to borrow materials.
* If you wish to read materials in the closed stacks, please fill out "Library Material Request Form" and take it to the counter.


○Students of The Open University of Japan (Hohsoh Daigaku)

Procedure (* The registration cannot accept by mail or your substitute.)

Please bring a student ID card and application form of The Open University in Japan (Hohsoh Daigaku), please come to the General counter.

Service hours for registration
9:00 to 1 hour before closing time

Location Borrowing Limits Loan period
Open stacks 8 15 days
Graded Readers (TADOKU) 8 15 days
Closed stacks 5 15 days

* Please use the Automatic Check out Machine when you wish to borrow materials in the Open stacks.
* If you wish to read materials in the closed stacks, please fill out "Library Material Request Form" and take it to the counter.