Research facilities

Law Library

The Law Library contains approximately 200,000 volumes, including some 82,000 in foreign languages. It also houses the Takigawa Collection, consisting of books and materials donated by the family of the late Dr. Yukitoki Takigawa, a, distinguished scholar of modern criminal law and leading pre-war advocate of university autonomy.

An additional 940 titles of Japanese periodicals and 100 foreign periodicals are available from the Central Library.

The Law Library, along with other satellite collections within the university, is covered by the university-wide OPAC system and, for older books, the comprehensive card catalog housed in the Central Library. The OPAC system can be accessed from the Central Library website.

Central Library

The Nagoya University Central Library provides circulation and reference services, including inter-library loan, photocopying and computer-based retrieval. In the Library building there are approximately 2,770,000 volumes of books, 5,580 titles of journals and 8,400 titles of electronic journals which are accessible via the Internet from within the University’s network domain. Central Library staff maintain the union catalog of all books in Nagoya University.

All library materials are accessible on open shelving except for special collections and microform materials. Circulation is managed by an ID card and book detection system. For language education and other educational and research purposes the Library has access to satellite TV channels, including CNN news, CCTVa, and KBSa. There are 1,000 reading desks in the open-stack area, supplemented by group study rooms, a seminar room, an information corner, and an audio-visual room.

The Central Library website is the central access point for electronic materials, which are a a particularly important resource for students working with non-Japanese materials.

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Peer tutoring

All international students are eligible to receive tutoring by a Japanese graduate or undergraduate student in the Japanese language or in their field of study for a total of 100 hours, for the first year from the time of enrolment in our School. Home students who support an overseas classmate as a tutor receive a modest allowance from the University in recognition of their contribution. Information about tutoring arrangements will be made to supervising professors, who in turn should inform their supervisees.

University network

Internet access is available to students of the University through a University-wide wireless network, which extends to student study carrels in the Graduate School of Law.
Elsewhere on campus, Open-access terminals for limited use are available in the Law Library and the Central Library, and PC terminals are available in a Computer Room in the Graduate School of Law, where printing facilities are also available with the use of rechargeable copy cards that can be purchased on campus. For more information, see the Network Overview on this website.

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Lexis/Nexis legal database

The faculty carries an institutional subscription to the Lexis/Nexis online legal database service, under which both undergraduate and postgraduate students may apply for access. No fee is charged to the student. Lexis training is provided in the first year through the required subject Academic Writing I. Students are encouraged to apply for an ID early. To apply, send email requesting access to the Network Advisor, giving your name, program, and student number. ID requests are normally processed within one week of receipt.

Japanese study

The Education Center for International Students offers language courses in Japanese for overseas students. Those wishing to improve their language skills are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Learning Other Languages

Foreign languages, other than Japanese (English, German, Korean, French, Indonesian, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Greek, Latin, Esperanto, Italian, Ainu and Portuguese) are taught through the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures of Nagoya University. Students wishing to enroll in these courses should register by the given deadline, generally, the 1st week of spring term and autumn term. In some cases, applicants may be required to take a placement test (auditing students are not eligible to register).

Information on foreign language courses and registration procedures can be found in the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures webpage or its leaflet, published in April and October or contact the offices of this School.