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Welcome to the Book Loan Service

We provide a closed-shelf appointment based book loan service to members. To borrow books, you must first register for a membership. For further information regarding membership eligibility and on how to reserve and collect items, please see below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Change of Book Loan Services (Update: 5 May 2021)

Our book loans, Books by Mail service, will resume from Wednesday 5th May, and it will become available for Londoners as well as those who live and work outside of London.

Office Relocation

On October 29th 2018, our office moved to our new premises on Kensington High Street. Please note that it is necessary to pre-book your appointment for visiting us and receiving materials.※
Collections and returns of books at our office will be suspended until further notice. For enquiries related to the book loan service, please contact us by email as some of us are still working from home.

Enquiries: library@jpf.org.uk. Telephone:+44 (0)20 7492 6570

Address: The Japan Foundation, London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA

Opening Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
※By appointment only – Temporarily Suspended.

Holidays 2021: January 1st (Fri), 2nd (Sat), 3rd (Sun), 11th (Mon), February 11th (Thu), 23rd (Tue), April 2nd (Fri), 5th (Mon), May 3rd (Mon), 31st (Mon), July 23rd (Fri), August 9th (Mon), 30th (Mon), September 20th (Mon), November 23rd (Tue), December 27th- 31st (Mon – Fri).

Who is the book loan service for?

Only Members who are Japanese language teachers and trainee teachers at all levels, researchers in fields related to Japanese language teaching, and administrators at UK educational institutions may use the loan service to borrow materials. Learners of Japanese at higher education institutions can also apply.

Membership of the book borrowing service is free of charge, provided that the membership criteria below are satisfied.

Eligibility

UK residents who are:

  • Teaching Japanese language at a UK educational institution or at a UK voluntary organisation, or teaching Japanese as a private tutor on a regular basis
  • A researcher or instructor in researching Japanese language, Japanese language teaching or Japanese studies at a UK educational institution
  • Working in a UK educational institution and need access to the library to carry out duties
  • Individuals studying Japanese language or Japanese studies at a UK university, including those enrolled on elective courses, evening classes etc.
  • Trainee teachers enrolled on any teaching programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) certification, or students of Japanese language teacher training programmes in the UK.

To apply for membership, please complete a Membership Application Form and provide all of the following:

  • One form of identification bearing the applicant’s name and current address (e.g. driving license, bank statement or gas/electricity/telephone bill within 6 months)
  • Proof of eligibility (e.g. staff ID or student card, letter of recommendation signed by employer or other individual stating that you are teaching Japanese etc.)
  • One recent passport-sized photograph

Applications can be sent by post.

Renewal of Membership: Please provide your membership card and a renewal application form as well as one form of identification bearing your name and current address. No photographs are required.

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The Collection

The Japan Foundation London has a collection of about 1,000 books and other materials in areas such as Japanese language learning and teaching for learners in a wide range of learning stages and age groups, linguistics and learning Japanese as a foreign language, as well as resources for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Please click here to see the current book list.

Please click here to see the JLPT resource list.

Please note: The Japan Foundation has no proprietary interest in any of the publications mentioned and inclusion on these lists does not constitutes a recommendation, nor do these lists claim to be comprehensive.

We regularly update our collection. To see the latest books we have added, please see below.

(2019.10.17) New Arrivals in Autumn 2019

(2019.05.15) New Arrivals in Spring 2019

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How to collect and return books (Suspended as of 5th May 2021)

※ Collections and returns of books at our office will be suspended until further notice. Please use the Books by Mail service.

1. Please send an email to us at library@jpf.org.uk with the following information at least 24 hours before you wish to borrow materials: 1) your name, 2) membership number, 3) book numbers and titles that you want to borrow, 4) preferred date and time to visit our office and 5) your telephone number. You can collect your reserved material on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm. Our office will be closed on UK Bank Holidays and certain Japanese public holidays. Please refer to the list of holidays before you send your request. You can also send us a Reservation Form by email.

2. After the circulation status is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation of the reservation period as well as details on how to collect the reserved books.

Period of loan: Up to 3 weeks

Renewal: only once (for 3 weeks from the renewal date); however, items cannot be renewed if someone else has requested the books.

Maximum number of items that can be borrowed: 5 items

3. Please let us know in advance when you will come to our office by making an appointment in order to return the books during the period of loan. You can return the borrowed materials from 10am to 5pm on weekdays (UK and certain Japanese public holidays excluded).

Where to collect and return the books (Suspended as of 5th May)

Reception area
The Japan Foundation, London
101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA

If you tell the security staff (who will be wearing a “security” badge) on the ground floor of Japan House that you have an appointment with the Japan Foundation, they will take you to the reception area.

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Books by Mail

The Japan Foundation London book loan service members, who reside in the UK, are eligible for a 'loans by post service' which enables you to borrow up to 5 books for a period of up to 3 weeks. We count the date that your reserved material is shipped as Day1. Your borrowed item must be returned to our office by Day 21. Our office will bear the postage costs one way only, and the member is responsible for returning the items. Currently, we send books only on Wednesday afternoon*. Please see the books from the list above.

< How to borrow books by mail >

1. Please send an email to us at library@jpf.org.uk with the following details no later than Sunday before the week you would like the books to be shipped: 1) your name, 2) membership number, 3) book numbers and titles that you want to borrow, 4) preferred shipping date (only Wednesdays) and 5) weather you prefer books to be sent to your home or office. You can also send us a Reservation Form by email.

2. After the circulation status is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation of the reservation period.

3. Loan items will be sent by Royal Mail or OCS Worldwide on Wednesday*. The Japan Foundation London will cover postage and packaging charges for sending materials to your address. However, you will be responsible for covering the costs of sending the material back to the Japan Foundation London. * Please note that the shipping schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

4. Please return the books by sending them to the following address.

Address to return the books

The Japan Foundation, London
101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA
(c/o Book Loan Service Administrator)

5. We will send an email upon receipt of the returned items.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will keep all returned books for at least 3 days before next loan and returning them to the shelfs.

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