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Catalogues on Paper and PDF

There are two published book-form catalogues of the Japanese collections at the University Library:

  • Eric Ceadel: Classified catalogue of modern Japanese books in Cambridge University Library (1961) (FD.22:1.1)
  • Nozomu Hayashi and Peter Kornicki: Early Japanese books in Cambridge University Library (1991) (FD.22.28)

Both are shelved in the East Asian Reading Room. The early Japanese books at the UL are not included in the main library catalogue, so readers should either consult the Hayashi and Kornicki catalogue or refer to the Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe. The title/author card catalogue of Chinese, Japanese and Korean publications also still remains in the East Asian Reading Room.

Japanese manuscripts in the Picken Collection were surveyed in a 2009-11 research project led by Professor Akiko Ota of the Tokyo College of Music. The final report includes a detailed list of the 52 manuscripts, which you may consult to request the manuscripts for viewing.

Searchable Catalogues for Japanese Resources at Cambridge

Union Catalogues for Japanese Resources in the UK and Europe

Contact us

Dr Kristin H. Williams
Head of Japanese Section

Mrs Aki Bingley
Library Assistant for Japanese Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road 

Tel. 01223 333155

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday

9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 5:10pm)


9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 16:50pm)


9am to 4:30pm (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30pm to 2pm, after 4:45pm (4:30pm Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 3pm on Friday, for transfer to the Manuscripts Reading Room for consultation.