Libraries in Tokyo and Yokohama

List of libraries in Tokyo having a good collection of photo books. Compiled by Philbert Ono, Last updated: March 1, 2011 JCII Library JCII ライブラリー Address: JCII Bldg. B1F, Ichiban-cho 25 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN Phone: (03) 3263-7111 URL: http://www.jcii-cameramuseum.jp/top_e.html Hours: 10:00-17:00, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays Remarks: This library is run by the JCII (Japan Camera and Optical Instruments Inspection and Testing Institute) which also operates the JCII Camera Museum and Photo Salon at the same location. The library, which opened in June 1991, is in the basement floor below the Photo Salon. The library’s tiny reading room has magazine

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Libraries Outside Tokyo

List of libraries outside Tokyo having a good collection of photo books. Compiled by Philbert Ono, Last updated: March 1, 2011 Takarazuka Media Library 宝塚メディア図書館 Address: 〒665-0035 宝塚市逆瀬川1-13-1アピア3 2階 Apia 32nd floor, Sakasegawa 1-13-1 Takarazuka-shi Hyogo, JAPAN 665-0035 Phone: (0797) 76-5720 Fax: (0797) 76-5725 URL: http://medialib.jp/ Hours: 12:00-19:00, closed Tue., summer, year end and New Year’s Remarks: Excellent collection of photo books, art and design books, music books, film books, magazines, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and all issues (1800) of Life magazine. It has about 30,000 books (as of Feb. 2011). To view the library materials, you must register as a free

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PhotoLibraries FAQ

What is PhotoLibraries? It’s a list of mainly museum libraries that have a good collection of photo books and magazines. It’s a good place to see out-of-print photo books or to do research on Japanese photography. Which libraries have the best collection of photography books? The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, JCII Library, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), and the Yokohama Museum of Art libraries. In Osaka, the Saito Media Library has a very large collection of photo books. And in Hokkaido, the Hakodate Photo Archives is also nice. (All listed in PhotoLibraries.) Can anybody use the museum library?

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