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FAQ - Natural Science and Technology Library

See below for the FAQs for other libraries.


Information for persons affiliated with the university. (students, faculty and staff members, etc.)Information for the general public.Information for persons affiliated with the university and the general public.

[1] General Library Use

Q1-1. What should I do in order to enter the Natural Science and Technology Library?

You can enter freely. However, external visitors are requested to fill out an External User Reception Sheet before entering the library.

Q1-2. Can I eat or drink in the library?

You may drink beverages from a container with a lid, such as a plastic bottle. Eating is prohibited in the library. Drinking water fountains are available on both the first and the second floors. Please help yourself.

Q1-3. It is hot (or cold). What kind of HVAC system does the Natural Science and Technology Library have?

Chilled water is pumped from the university energy center to the Natural Science and Technology Library, where it is used to cool air that is circulated on every floor.The energy center produces chilled water for the entire university at one location. The schedule for the production of chilled water is the same for the entire university. The air conditioning at the Natural Science and Technology Library is not an independent function. It is governed by the university-wide plan.
Heating is from hot water circulated from the energy center.

Q1-4. Why do some of the lights get turned on and off?

In the Natural Science and Technology Library, sensors detect the presence or absence of people, and turn the lights on or off accordingly. When the sensors detect movement, they turn the lights on. Even if people are present, the lights will turn off if those present remain still. Lightning control sensors are installed in the stacks. The lights in the carrels remain on.
We request your cooperation in our efforts to conserve energy.

Q1-5. Why is the water in the Natural Science and Technology Library toilets murky?

We call the flushing water in the toilets gray water, but it is actually well water. It is not potable tap water. The water in the sinks, of course, is potable.

Q1-6. Where is the Natural Science and Technology Library's smoking area?

Smoking is prohibited in the buildings. The nearest smoking area is at the north side of the coop shop on the G1 floor.


Q1-7. Is the Natural Science and Technology Library open on Saturdays and Sundays?

The library is open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but is closed on Sundays and holidays. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, you cannot enter at the Natural Science and Technology Main Hall's main entrance; you can enter at the north entrance.
Please check the Saturday, Sunday and Holiday route.
Opening times do change, so be sure to check the calendar.

[2] Use of facilities

Q2. I want to use a private room or a group study room on the G1 floor.

Use the facilities reservation menu on the library's website to make a reservation in advance. On the scheduled day, present your student ID (or library card) at the service desk to receive the key. Facilities are available for use on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes before closing. Only a single two-hour reservation can be made at one time. This can be extended if there is no one waiting for the room. Reservations that do not meet these conditions will not be approved.

General users may not use the private rooms or group study rooms on the G1 floor. We apologize for the inconvenience.

[3] Checkout

Q3. Can I check out journals, magazines, or newspapers?

You can check out journals and magazines for three days, but you cannot borrow the latest issue of journals and any of  newspapers.

[4] Location of materials

Q4. Where are last month's newspapers?

Newspapers for the previous month are kept at the service desk. Please ask for them there.

[5] OPAC

Q5-1. I used OPAC to search, but I do not know how to read the holdings status.

The locations of Natural Science and Technology Library materials are shown in the chart below.

OPAC (location)FloorRemarks
自然図1F雑誌First floor
Open access
Western journals are in alphabetical order, Japanese periodicals are in hiragana order.
自然図1FAV資料First floor
Open access
With the exception of some materials, you can borrow these. See the multimedia section.
自然図2F一般図書Second floor
Open access
Books are arranged in order of the call number affixed to the spine.
自然図2F参考図書Second floor Open accessFor use only inside the library.
自然図2F貴重書室Second floorAfter procedures are completed at the service desk, a staff member will assist you. Available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
自然図自動化書庫First floor
At the service desk
Located in the Automated Book Storage. Must be called up using the dedicated terminal (Kanazawa University ID needed).
自然図大型図書Second floorInquire at the service desk.
自然図G1保存書庫/自然図G2書庫G1 floor/G2 floor
(closed access)
Inquire at the service desk. Available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
自然図作業中NoneSorry, you cannot use these materials.

Please check the [Floor Map].

Q5-2. I used OPAC to search, and the holdings status of the document was 自然図自動化書庫 (Natural Science and Technology Library Automated Book Storage System). How do I use materials in the Automated Book Storage System?

To use materials in the Automated Book Storage System, execute call procedures using the dedicated terminal in front of the service desk. You will need your Kanazawa University ID. After performing call procedures, write the reception number on one of the memo slips provided, and wait in front of the service desk. When your materials arrive, your number will be called. If it is a magazine or journal that can only be used inside the library, please return it to the service desk on the same day. Books can be checked out. Books may be requested until 30 minutes before closing.

When general users request materials in the Automated Book Storage System, library staff will assist them in calling for the materials. These users should present their requests at the service desk. Books may be requested until 30 minutes before closing.

Q5-3. I used OPAC to search, and the holdings status of the document was "工"(or "薬" or "理"). Where should I go to find this document?

When the holdings status of the document is "工"(or "薬", or "理"), the materials are held by the indicated laboratory. If this is a laboratory in your own department or school, the laboratory holding the materials will be notified, and you can make your request directly to an instructor. If it is a different laboratory, please use the ILL.

When general users wish to use materials held by laboratories (copy or checkout), they should make their request through a public library close to their home or through the library at their own university.