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The Japanese Collection in the Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is designed to support research in the social sciences and humanities. The collection includes both academic and popular materials in the following formats:

  • Books
  • Periodicals
  • VHS tapes and DVDs
  • Electronic databases

The majority of materials are in Japanese and English, but the collection also includes resources in Chinese, Korean, and other Asian languages, as well as in such European languages as French and German. As of June 2014 the Japanese collection contained 84,482 physical volumes.   

Materials in Japanese and resources related to Japan are also housed in other campus libraries, such as the College Library, Kohler Art Library, MERIT Library (Media, Educational Resources and Information Technology), Mills Music Library, and Steenbock Library (Agriculture and Life Sciences); rare and archival materials are available in the Special Collections and via the Digital Collections website.

Using the collection
Our campus libraries use the Library of Congress call-number system to organize materials.

Inside Memorial Library:

  • Books and periodicals in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean: located on the 4th floor
  • Books and periodicals in other languages: integrated into the general collection on other floors 
  • Reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, maps): East Asian Reading Room (room 412)
  • Films (VHS tapes and DVDs): Microforms/Media Center (room 443)
  • Microforms: Microforms/Media Center (room 443)

Search for materials using our online catalogs: Library Catalog; if you need assistance, please contact our reference help desk.  

The Japanese Collection is an open collection located within Memorial Library. Please check the website for hours and services.

Collection Development

The Japanese Collection in Memorial Library has been developed to support academic research in social sciences and humanities (e.g., history, art history, literature, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics). In recent years we have focused on acquiring visual resources in order to serve the current academic trend of studying such materials. These include photographs, documentary and feature films, and reproductions of old periodicals.

Items unavailable on campus may be borrowed through the Inter-Library Loan Service (ILL).  

The University of Wisconsin–Madison also participates in the Global ILL Framework (GIF) project, which provides access to resources from Japan that are not otherwise obtainable in North America.

For more resources, check out the website of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC).


UW Login required for the following databases except for GeNii and J-STAGE


Yoriko Dixon
Room 412F
Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-3529, (608) 265-2728