Toshiba Library for Japanese Legal Research (東芝日本法研究図書館)
The Toshiba Library for Japanese Legal Research is located on the second floor of the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library. The expanding collection holds approximately 40,000 volumes, including 22,000 monographic and 580 serial titles, and is the largest Japanese law collection among U.S. universities.
The library subscribes to four online legal databases of legislative materials, indexes to cases and periodical articles, full-text journal articles, and full-text cases covering the period from the end of the 19th century to the present. It houses the private collections of two former Supreme Court Justices, Justice Jiro Tanaka (田中二郎コレクション) and Justice Itsuo Sonobe (園部逸夫コレクション), as well as the private collection of Professor Koichi Kikuta (菊田幸一コレクション), an emeritus professor of Meiji University in Tokyo.
Accessing the Collections
Researchers who are not affiliated with the university who wish to come to the Toshiba Library may submit their requests by e-mail to [email protected].
The same services are available for the Toshiba Library collections as are for the rest of the Law Library. Pegasus, the Law Library’s online catalog, can be used to search the collection in Japanese or in transliteration. Materials published prior to 1989 are housed offsite and available upon request, while those published after 1990 are shelved onsite in the open stacks.
The Law Library's fee-based document delivery service is also available for the Japanese law collections, as is the Library's interlibrary loan participation, 212-854-3744.
The main 3rd Floor Reference Desk of the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library answers questions regarding the Japanese law collections, and can be reached at 212-854-3743. If further assistance is needed, questions may be submitted to [email protected], or by telephone at 212-854-4193.