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FAQ - Central Library

2017/03/22 This site is currently under maintenance

Please refer to the following frequently asked questions for each of our libraries:
Natural Science & Technology Library | Medical Library | Health Science Library

These are a collection of FAQs from users of the Central Library.

Information for persons affiliated with the University (students, Faculty and staff members, etc.)
Information for members of the general public
Information for persons affiliated with the University and members of the general public

1. General Library Use
2. Use of facilities
3. Borrowing
4. Renewals
5. Return
6. Where to Find Materials

7. Copying Materials
8. The use of other university libraries
9. Interlibrary Service (ILL)
10. OPAC
11. PC, Networks, etc.

List of OPAC addresses
 
[1] General Library Use
Q1-1. What is the Library's schedule?
Q1-2. Are there water fountains?
Q1-3. Can I eat and drink in the library?
Q1-4. Is the library open to the public?

[2]Use of facilities
Q2-1. What do I need to do to get to the stacks?
Q2-2. Can I use the Law or Economics Libraries?

[3]Borrowing
Q3-1. How many books can I check out?
Q3-2. Will you tell me what I have checked out?
Q3-3. I forgot to bring my student ID card (or library card). Can I still check out books?
Q3-4. Can I check out journals?
Q3-5. Can I check out the latest issue of a journal?
Q3-6. What do I need to do in order to check out a journal that has not been bound?
Q3-7. Can I check out books at the Central Library and the Natural Science and Technology Library at the same time?
Q3-8. Can I check out white papers?
Q3-9. Can I check out a reduced edition of newspapers?
Q3-10. Can I check out materials in the stacks?
Q3-11. Can I check out books in the Akegarasu collection or the 4th High School collection?

[4] Renewals
Q4-1. I understand that I cannot renew journals, but if I want to check them out right away, what do I need to do?
Q4-2. If I remember right, the book is due back today and I would like to renew it. But I forgot to bring it today. What should I do?
Q4-3. I renewed a book online clicking on "Lending and Reservation Situation" but I received a reminder.

[5]Return
Q5-1. What will happen if the book is overdue?
Q5-2. Can I return a book I checked out from the Central Library to the Natural Science and Technology Library?

[6]Where to Find Materials
Q6-1. Where can I find this month's newspapers?
Q6-2. Where can I find last month's newspapers?
Q6-3. Where can I find a reduced edition of newspapers?
Q6-4. Where are language dictionaries?

[7] Copying Materials
Q7-1. Can I use a copy machine without any restrictions?
Q7-2. Why do I need to submit a copy request form?
Q7-3. Can you break a bill?
Q7-4. What do I need to do to have the latest issue of a journal copied?
Q7-5. Can I copy the materials in the stacks?
Q7-6. Can I copy the books bound in the Japanese style (Watoji books)?
Q7-7. Can I copy dissertations and master's theses?

[8]The use of other university libraries
Q8-1. Can I have a letter of introduction to use other university libraries?
Q8-2. Can I use the Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center?

[9]The service of interlibrary loan/copy (ILL)
Q9-1. I would like to check out books at another university library. What do I need to do?
Q9-2. Can I use public expense for the same?
Q9-3. How much does it cost to use the service of interlibrary loan/copy?And how long does it take to get a book/copy requested?
Q9-4. I am not a member of the University and live quite far away from the University. Can I have documents (or books) sent by mail?

[10]OPAC
Q10-1. I cannot figure out how to look up in OPAC to find the information of the library holdings.
Q10-2. Can I check out the material that is kept at a research office?

[11]PC, Networks, etc.
Q11-1. Can I use the Internet in the library?
Q11-2. I would like to print out things from a PC in the library.
Q11-3. I cannot remember my Kanazawa University ID.
Q11-4. I cannot remember my Network ID.

 
[1] General Library Use

A1-1. What is the Library's schedule?

You can check the annual calendar by clicking on "Central Library" below "Library Calendar". The schedule is also available at the Library Service Counter. 


A1-2. Are there water fountains?
We do not have water fountains in the library at present.


A1-3. Can I eat and drink in the library? 
You may drink beverages from a container with a lid such as a plastic bottle. Food is prohibited in the library. You may eat at BOOK LOUNGE.






Thank you for your cooperation.


A1-4. Is the library open to the public?
Reading materials are open to the public. When they are checked out of the library, a library card needs to be issued. A library card is issued only to graduates and former staffs of Kanazawa University, residents of the three prefectures in Hokuriku, and people commuting to Ishikawa prefecture to work or study. To obtain a library card, an identification with the current address (e.g., a driver's license) needs to be presented.
The library card will be valid until the end of the academic year of issue. To renew the card, please bring your library card and a residential proof. 


[2] Use of facilities

A2-1. What do I need to do to get to the stacks?
 
You need to obtain a permission card at the Library Service Counter.
You submit your student ID card (or Library card) to obtain this card. Please leave your belongings in a "Stack user's locker". When you finish, you will return the card and retrieve your student ID card (or Library card). 
※ Please note that the use of the stacks is until 30 minutes before the Library close.

A2-2. Can I use the Law or Economics Libraries?
Only open to the Kanazawa University people. If you are a student or staff of the University, you can go in and use them. 
Not open to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience.


[3]Borrowing

A3-1. How many books can I check out?
 You can check out up to 10 books including what you have checked out.
 If you are not a student or personnel of the University, you can check out up to 5 books including what you have checked out.


A3-2. Will you tell me what I have checked out?
You can look up the titles of books you checked out and their due dates in "Lending and Reservation Situation" of "Library online services" at the library website. You need your Kanazawa University ID and password to login.
If you present your student ID card to the Library Service Counter, they can tell you what you have checked out.


A3-3. I forgot to bring my student ID card (or library card). Can I still check out books?
You cannot check out books. Please bring your student ID card (or your Library card) whenever you use the library. 


A3-4. Can I check out journals?
You can check out bound journals for three days.
You can also check out unbound journals, except for the latest issues, for three days. However, please note that you cannot renew any journals.


A3-5. Can I check out the latest issue of a journal?
You cannot check out the latest issues of journals. Please wait until the next issue comes in. 


A3-6. What do I need to do in order to check out a journal that has not been bound?
Please fill out an "Application form for Unbound Magazine/Journal" on the desk by the automated checkout machine and submit it with a journal you want to check out to the Library Service Counter. 


A3-7. Can I check out books at the Central Library and the Natural Science and Technology Library at the same time?
You can check out as many books as each library allows you to.


A3-8. Can I check out white papers?
You can check out white papers and yearbooks with a call number starting with "Y" for three days.
They have call number but are classified as "periodicals" in OPAC.
[OPAC "location" → "中央図書庫"]
Note 1: Please read latest issues inside the library. They are not allowed outside the library.
Note 2: Even if its title says "white paper", as long as its call number does not start with "Y", the document is classified as a "book" and you can check it out for three weeks. 


A3-9. Can I check out a reduced edition of newspapers?
You cannot check out a reduced edition of newspapers. Please make a copy of the necessary part at the Copy Corner.


A3-10. Can I check out materials in the stacks?
Yes. * Some of the materials are not allowed to be taken out of the library.


A3-11. Can I check out books in the Akegarasu collection or the 4th High School collection?
 Yes. * Some of the materials are not allowed to be taken out of the library.


[4]Renewals

A4-1. I understand that I cannot renew journals, but if I want to check them out right away, what do I need to do?

Wait until the next day and you will be able to check them out. 


A4-2. If I remember right, the book is due back today and I would like to renew it. But I forgot to bring it today. What should I do?
 Login to "Library online services" at the library website (using your Kanazawa University ID and password) and renew what you checked out in "Lending and Reservation Situation" of "Library online services". [→Details]
* If someone else is reserving the book or the material is classified as a journal, you cannot renew it. Please return it promptly. 
You can renew the book by visiting the Library Service Counter or contact them by phone (during the hours).
* If someone else is reserving the book or the material is classified as a journal, you cannot renew it. Please return it promptly. 


A4-3. I renewed a book online clicking on "Lending and Reservation Situation" but I received a reminder.
Please note that your books are not renewed until the following procedure has been undertaken. Moreover, ensure to check your renewal afterward:
(Procedure)[→Details]
① Check books you want to renew and then click the "Renew selected" button.
② Click "Renew saved" button. 
③ The message "The loan period was extended." will appear.

[5]Return

A5-1. What will happen if the book is overdue?

You cannot check out the item again.
Your account will be suspended for the same amount of days as the length of time overdue.
Ex.: Due date 10/1/2017 Return date 10/5/2017 (four days overdue)
→Hold checkouts until 10/9/2017 (Resume on 10/10/2017) 


A5-2. Can I return a book I checked out from the Central Library to the Natural Science and Technology Library?
Yes.
Please return items below to the counter of the Central library.     
  • unbound periodicals
* Please return books you checked out yourself from the Law or Economics Library or from the office you are associated with to where you checked them out, respectively.
Yes.
You can return the items you checked out to a different library from where you checked them out.
Please return items below to the counter of the Central library.      
  • unbound periodicals

A5-3. Can I return the books when the library is closed?
Yes.
You can return the books to the book drop at the passage outside the North Entrance.
Please return items below to the counter of the Central library.
  • items with a CD attachment      
  • audiovisual materials (music CDs, etc.)      
  • unbound periodicals

[6]Where to Find Materials

A6-1. Where can I find this month's newspapers?

They are located under the newspaper reading counter at the Book Lounge.


A6-2. Where can I find last month's newspapers?
They are located in the stacks (1F). [ →See Maps|List of Newspapers(in Japanese)]
The Newspapers will be in stock until the reduced edition is published. (about 6months)


A6-3. Where can I find a reduced edition of newspapers?
1) Those for the last five years (including this year) are on the 2F.
Ex.: You can find those older than five years on the right shelf in the left stacks on B1. [→See Maps] 。


A6-4. Where are language dictionaries?
You can find them on the lower shelf [810–899] in the "Reference Corner" on 2F. [→See Maps


[7]Copying Materials

A7-1. Can I use a copy machine without any restrictions?

Copy machines in the library are limited to the use for library materials according to Article 31 of the Copyright Law. You cannot use them to copy your notebooks and other items you bring into the library. Please use copy machines at the Kanazawa University Coop or convenient stores. 


A7-2. Why do I need to submit a copy request form?
You will need to obtain permission to copy other people's academic papers, articles, and the like. According to the Copyright Law, this procedure (submitting a copy request form at a library) allows you to make a copy of an item without obtaining permission from its author. However, you will still need to obtain permission from the author to copy the entire pages or unpublished materials.


A7-3. Can you break a bill?
 We cannot break large bills. Please bring changes. Copy machines in the Central Library take 10-, 50-, 100-, and 500-yen coins and 1000-yen bills.


A7-4. What do I need to do to have the latest issue of a journal copied?
You cannot copy the latest issue of a journal. You have to wait for three months after its publication or until its next issue comes out.


A7-5. Can I copy the materials in the stacks?
 You can copy periodicals and books within the limits set by the Copyright Law*. Please return the item to where you found it after you copied it at the "Copy Corner" on 2F.  
* As for the Copyright Law, please refer to the notice board by the copy machine.


A7-6. Can I copy the books bound in the Japanese style (Watoji books)?
 You are not allowed to make copies of a book bound in the Japanese style (Watoji book) with an electronic copying machine for their protection and conservation.


A7-7. Can I copy dissertations and master's theses?
1) You can make a copy of a dissertation by a Kanazawa University graduate within the limits of the Copyright Act. In other words, you can copy part of it (less than half) but you will need the author's permission to make a copy of the entire dissertation.
2) We have some of the master's theses by our graduates. You will, however, need to obtain permission from the copyright holder even to make its partial copy. 


[8]The use of other university libraries

A8-1. Can I have a letter of introduction to use other university libraries?

You may apply for it at the Library Service Counter about one week before you visit the library of another university. You will notify in advance the date of visit, the name of the library, and items you need, after checking the library schedule and its location. Our library will issue a letter after contacting the library and obtaining permission. 
We will not write a letter of introduction for those who are not affiliated to this university.


A8-2. Can I use the Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center?
You need to present a member's card of the University Library Council of Ishikawa Prefecture to get in the center. Before you visit the center, please apply for it at the Library Service Counter. The Counter lends you a member’s card for that day. Please return the card promptly after your visit to the center.
If you are not affiliated to Kanazawa University, please contact the Library Center of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology directly. 


[9]The service of interlibrary loan/copy (ILL)

A9-1. I would like to check out books at another university library. What do I need to do?

 You need to apply for checking out a book.
Login to “Library online services” at the library website (using your Kanazawa University ID and password), click “ILL request,” and then click the “New document copy request” or “New book loan request” button. Fill out the necessary information and apply.
* You cannot check out periodicals. You will have to make a “copy” of them. [→Details (PDF)]
If you are not affiliated to this University, please contact a public library nearby or your university’s library.


A9-2. Can I use public expense for the same?
You will need to obtain permission of your advisor. You fill out a User Application form, which you can print from the page of the description of ILL document copy/loan application and obtain your advisor’s seal on it and submit it to the Library Service Counter. After the library registers, you can apply public expense for services. [→Details(in Japanese) ]


A9-3. How much does it cost to use the service of interlibrary loan? And how long does it take to get a book requested?
The cost will be the total of a copying fee (about 35–55 yen per page) and shipping charge.
For the loan, you will pay for the shipping for both ways. (Shipping depends on the weight of an item. In most cases, it is between 1,080 and 1,680 yen altogether) Please refer to the following page for the time frame for delivery. [→Details(in Japanese) ]

A9-4. I am not a member of the University and live quite far away from the University. Can I have documents (or books) sent by mail?
 If you are not affiliated to this University, please request ILL service at a public library nearby or your university’s library. Your request may be denied if the item is owned by a research office and someone is using it.


[10]OPAC plus

A10-1. I cannot figure out how to look up in "OPAC plus" to find the information of the library holdings.
 ■ The ones indicated with a "中央図" marks are located in the Central Library.[→Locations and Corner names of "OPAC plus" in the Central Library]
Books are arranged in the order of call numbers indicated in "OPAC plus" (class numbers and author marks). You can look for the item according to class numbers that are shown on book shelves.
Periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order. You can look for the item according to alphabets that are shown on book shelves.

Please contact the Library Service Desk if you need further assistance.


A10-2. Can I check out the material that is kept at a professor's office?
You cannot check it out yourself. You will need to apply for its copy or loan. (* If its location says "法院研", then it means that the item is limited to the use within the Kanazawa University Graduate School of Law. You cannot read it or check it out)
Login to "Library online services" at the library website (using your Kanazawa University ID and password).
Click "ILL request" and then the "New book loan request" button. Fill out the necessary information and apply.
* Select "On Campus" as the range of request. No fee is required.
* You cannot check out periodicals. You will have to make a “copy” of them.
* Even you are a member of the university community, your request may be denied if the item is owned by a research office and someone is using it.
If you are not affiliated to this University, you may not check out the item yourself. Please request ILL service at a public library nearby or your university’s library. Your request may be denied if the item is owned by a research office and someone is using it.  


[11]PC, Networks, etc.

A11-1. Can I use the Internet in the library?
PCs specifically for Internet users are located in the Infosqusre, a PC zone in the hall on the second floor.
For the Internet service, you need your network ID and password.
You can also use your own PC to access the Internet in the library.
■ Individual reading booth with an information consent available
2F: on the side of audiovisual booths
■ Wi-Fi available
 If you are not affiliated to the University, you are not allowed to use the Internet in the library.


A11-2. I would like to print out things from a PC in the library.
You can print out things from the PCs in the Infosquare, a PC zone in the hall on the second floor.
You can also store the item in a USB memory and print it at your own PC.
If you are not affiliated to the University, you are not allowed to use the Internet or print materials in the library.
External databases and E-journals
Please request for their use at the Library Service Counter. You can use only the ones with the service contract that allows a non-university affiliated person to use them. You will have to pay a fee to print search results. Please contact the Library Service Counter for further information. [Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Weekdays]


A11-3. I cannot remember my Kanazawa University ID.
 You can find it out on the back side of your student ID card.
If you cannot login by your Kanazawa University ID, please contact FD・ICT Education Promotion Room, with your student ID card.

FD・ICT Education Promotion Room
Administration Office 2F , Information Media Center
http://www.el.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/faq/formmail/formail.php


A11-4. I cannot remember my Network ID.
 We at the library are not able to help you. You will have to contact Information Media Center.

 

【Locations and corner names of OPAC in the Central Library】
Location (witten in Japanese)Class numberName of cornerFloor 
中央図開架 400~999books3rd Floor
中央図オープンスタジオ OS000~OS999Books for Learning support3rd Floor(In Open Studio)
中央図留学支援
 289~899Study Abroad Support Books3rd Floor (In front of Global Communication Studio)
中央図留学生 000~999Books for International Students3rd Floor
中央図就職支援 Q000~Q999Books for job-hunting3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 Ch000~Ch999Chuko Shinsho(中公新書)
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 E000~E999Everyman's library
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 I000~I999Iwanami Bunko(岩波文庫)
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 J000~J999Jinbutsu Sosho(人物叢書)
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 Re000~Re999Reclams [Universal-Bibliothek]
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 S000~S999Iwanami Shinsho(岩波新書)
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図文庫・新書 T000~T999Toyo Bunko(東洋文庫)
*Pocked-sized books
3rd Floor
中央図語学資格
 830~869Books for Language Qualification(IELTS,TOEFL,TOEIC,英検,中検,独検,仏検 etc.)
These books have a seal of [語学資格]
 3rd Floor
中央図国際交流スタ

Chikyu no arukikata (Travel guidebook), Extensive reading books
 3rd Floor (In front of Global Communication Studio)
中央図GS図書
 000~999
Global Standard Curriculum Books
These books have a seal of [GS]
2nd Floor
中央図開架 000~399Books2nd Floor
中央図北陸銀行文庫 H000~H999
Hokkoku Bank Collection. Mainly books for self-development2nd Floor(Hall)
中央図開架 000~999:CD[Sequence number]CD *Audio-visual materials2nd Floor (Multimedia Corner)
中央図開架 000~999:DVD[Sequence number]DVD *Audio-visual materials2nd Floor (Multimedia Corner)
中央図参考 000~999Reference Books(Dictionaries)[Library Use Only]2nd Floor
中央図書庫 000~399Books *low use books
*Except 210.21~210.29
→Basement Storage Area(Electric Book Shelf)
1st Floor
中央図書庫 400~999Books *low use booksBasement
中央図書庫 Y000~Y999
 *Handled as periodicals 
Annual Publications (White papers, Almanacs etc.)Basement
中央図○○文庫 Ordered by the class number, varies according to the collectionSpecial Collections→Storage Area(Electric Book Shelf)
*Except Miyamoto Collection
→Stack Room
Basement
中央図四高 1~15The 4th High School Collection
→Storage Area(Electric Book Shelf)
Basement
中央図雑誌 Alphabetical order of the romanized Japanese title
「A~Q」
Japanese periodicals 
→Storage Area(Electric Book Shelf)
*Current Issues may be "Newly arrived periodicals" on the 2nd Floor.
Basement or
Newly arrived periodicals on the 2nd Floor
中央図雑誌 Alphabetical order of the romanized Japanese title
「R~Z」
Japanese periodicals
→Stack Room
*Current Issues may be "Newly arrived periodicals" on the 2nd Floor.
Basement or
Newly arrived periodicals on the 2nd Floor
中央図雑誌 Alphabetical order of the title
「A~Z」
Foreign periodicals  
→Storage Area(Electric Book Shelf)
*Current Issues may be "Newly arrived periodicals" on the 2nd Floor.
Basement or
Newly arrived periodicals on the 2nd Floor