Beyond its nearly 10,000 English-language books, periodicals and audiobooks for adults and children, the Library is a haven for knowledge exploration, relaxation and literary events.
Boasting a broad collection of new titles and classics, free-to-use computers and tablets, a patio and study booths, the Library also hosts regular Meet the Author evenings, seasonal reading programs and supports a monthly book group.
Members can check out up 10 books, three audiobooks and three magazines for 14-day periods at a time.
Overdue fees: ¥50 per day for adult/young adult items; ¥30 per day for children's items
Prices exclude 8 percent consumption tax.
Lost books will incur a ¥3,000 replacement fee, along with the cost of a new book (overdue fines will be waived).
If a lost book is returned before a replacement has been purchased, the cost of the book will be refunded (the ¥3,000 replacement fee and overdue fees will remain). Member-purchased replacements will not be accepted.
Requests and Reservations
The Library accepts title reservations by e-mail or phone.
While about 100 books are added to the collection each month, the Library is happy to accept title requests.
Browse the Library's collection or check what books you have checked out and their due dates through the Online Catalog.
Ask the Library staff to set up your account.
The Library regularly replenishes its giveaway shelves, located near the entrance.
Book donations, however, aren't accepted.
The Club stocks a wide selection of English-language newspapers, including the Financial Times, The Japan Times, The International New York Times and The New York Times (Sunday Edition), and around 120 magazines.
Members also enjoy free access to newspapers from around the world by logging onto the Press Display/Press Reader website or app from anywhere in the Club.
Those who prefer listening to their page-turners can browse the Library's selection of 550 audiobooks on CD.
This welcoming, glass-enclosed space is chock-full of titles for budding bookworms up to the age of 12 (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult).
The Children's Library also organizes seasonal reading programs, author events and book-related activities.
The Library organizes regular author events and has welcomed the likes of investigative journalist Jake Adelstein, American thriller writer Barry Eisler, Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Hugh Ashton and Australian reporter Mark Willacy.
Library Book Club
A band of book lovers meets regularly, from 11am to 12:30pm in Café Med, to discuss a different title.
November 17: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (fiction, classic)
January 19: Daughters of the Samurai by Janice P Nimura (nonfiction)
February 16: Euphoria by Lily King (fiction)
March 16: The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman (fiction)
April 20: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (nonfiction, biography)
May 18: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (fiction)