Keio University Mita Media Center

Reference Service

Reference staff offer assistance to students and faculty to find books and other materials for their assignments, research and projects. They are available to help you with your research questions at the following counters:

1F Reference Counter (all subject areas)

3F Serials Counter (Periodicals, legal resources, statistics, newspapers, microforms)



Monday to Friday

During academic semesters
During extended holidays
The 3F Serials Counter is staffed until 15 minutes before the Library closes. However, reference services are available only during the hours shown above. Service hours are subject to change. Schedule changes are posted on Library bulletin boards and in the Mita Media Center News.

Referral Service

In Japan, many academic libraries are not open to the public. If you need to examine materials in other institutions, please ask our reference staff for referral.

We offer the following solutions:

  1. ILL service: Use this service to borrow books or obtain photocopies of materials from libraries outside the Keio University system.
  2. Letters of introduction: Other libraries may require a letter of introduction from the Keio University Librarian before they will grant permission to examine their materials. If you need one, please consult the Reference Counter staff or use our online request form.
  3. Purchase request: You can request that the library purchase books, periodicals and other materials. If your item is out of print or you cannot wait for it to be purchased, please consult the Reference Counter staff.

Library Orientation

The Library conducts orientation tours for undergraduate and graduate students to help them use the library's services and facilities more effectively.

Library Tours in English

The library provides library tours in English for international students on a reservation basis. For details, inquire at the 1F Reference Counter.

Tour application form (For students of the Japanese Language Program : Bekkasei)

Subject-specific Tour

The reference staff arranges tours for groups of three or more sharing a common interest, e.g., members of the same class or seminar.  The tour explains how to find and obtain books and articles through our KOSMOS and some basic databases.  Please make your reservation at least one week in advance of the desired tour date at the 1F Reference Counter.

If your group wishes a hands-on seminar for specific databases, a reservation must be made two weeks in advance.  For details, inquire at the 1F Reference Counter.