FAQ (Central Library)

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See below for FAQs for other libraries:
Natural Science and Technology Library | Medical Library | Health Science Library

This is 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 loan/copy (ILL) service 
10. OPAC
11. Computers, 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 reduced editions 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 Fourth 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. My book is due 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 by clicking on "Lending and Reservation Situation," but I received a due date reminder. 

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[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?
Q5-3. Can I return books when the library closed?

[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 the reduced edition of newspapers?
Q6-4. Where are the 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] 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] Interlibrary Loan/Copy (ILL) Service

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 interlibrary loans and copies?
Q9-3. How much does it cost to use the interlibrary loans and copies service? How long does it take to get a requested book/copy?
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 plus

Q10-1. I cannot figure out how to use OPAC plus to find information about library holdings.
Q10-2. Can I check out the material that is kept at a research office?

[11] Computers, Networks, etc.

Q11-1. Can I use the Internet in the library?
Q11-2. I would like to print out things from a computer 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 Desk. 

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. Eating is prohibited in the library. You may eat in the 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 is required. A library card is issued only to graduates and former staff 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, identification with a 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 proof of residence. 
[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 desk.
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, return the card and retrieve your Student ID card (or library card). 
※ Please note that the availability of the stacks ends 30 minutes before the Library closes.

A2-2. Can I use the Law or Economics libraries?

These are only open to Kanazawa University members. If you are a student or staff member at 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 already checked out.
  If you are not a student or staff member at the university, you can check out up to five books, including what you have already checked out.

A3-2. Will you tell me what I have checked out?

You can look up the titles of books you have checked out and their due dates in "Lending and Reservation Situation" through "Library Online Service" on the library website. You will  need your Kanazawa University ID and password to login.
If you present your library card to the library service desk, 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 the loan period for 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 the journal you want to check out, to the Library service desk. 

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 that have a call number starting with "Y" for three days.
These have call numbers but are classified as "periodicals" in OPAC.
[OPAC "location" → "中央図書庫"]
Note 1: Please read the latest issues inside the library. They are not allowed to use outside the library.
Note 2: Even if the title says, "white paper," if the call number does not start with "Y," the document is classified as a a book, and you can check it out for three weeks. 

A3-9. Can I check out reduced editions of newspapers?

You cannot check out reduced editions 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 Fourth 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?

Return them and wait until the next day, and you will be able to check them out. 

A4-2. My book is due today and I would lik to renew it, but I forgot to bring it today. What should I do?

  Login to "Library Online Service" on the library website (using your Kanazawa University ID and password) and renew what you checked out in the "Lending and Reservation Situation" section of "Library Online Service." [→Details]
If someone else has reserved 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 desk or contacting them by phone during open hours.
If someone else has reserved the book, or the material  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 by clicking on "Lending and Reservation Situation," but I received a due date reminder.

Please note that your books are not renewed until the following procedure has been completed. Moreover, ensure that you verify your renewal afterwards:
(Procedure)[→Details]
① Check the books you want to renew, then click the "Renew selected" button.
② Click the "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 the book was 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.
However, please return unbound pedioricals to the service desk at the Central Library.     

Please return books you checked out yourself from the Law or Economics Library or from the office you are associated with to where you initially checked them out.

Yes.
You can return the items you checked out to a different library from where you checked them out.
However, please return unbound periodicals to where you initially checked them out.    

A5-3. Can I return 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 the below items to the service desk at 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 six months).

A6-3. Where can I find the reduced edition of newspapers?

1) Those for the last five years (including this year) are on the second floor.
You can find those older than five years on the right shelf in the left stacks on the B1 floor. [→See Maps] 。

A6-4. Where are the language dictionaries?

You can find them on the lower shelf [810–899] in the Reference Corner on the second floor. [→See Maps
[7] Copying Materials


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

Copy machines in the library are limited to 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 the copy machines at the Kanazawa University Coop or convenience 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 entire pages or unpublished materials.

A7-3. Can you break a bill?

  We cannot break large bills. Please bring change. 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 three months after its publication or until the 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 copy at the Copy Section on the second floor.  
* Regarding 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 copy 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 a partial copy. 
[8] 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 Desk about one week before you visit the library of another university. You will notify us in advance of 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 with this university.

A8-2. Can I use the Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center?

You need to present a member’s card for the University Library Council of Ishikawa Prefecture to get into the center. Before yout visit, please apply for one at the library service desk. The library will lend you a member’s card for that day. Please return the card promptly after your visit to the center.
If you are not affiliated with Kanazawa University, please contact the Library Center of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology directly. 
[9] Interlibrary Loan/Copy (ILL) Service


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

  You need to apply to check out a book.
Login to “Library Online Service” on 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 with this university, please contact a nearby public library or your university’s library.

A9-2. Can I use public expense for interlibrary loans and copieds?

Students will need to obtain the permission of your advisor. Fill out a User Application form, which you can print from the page that has the description of the ILL document copy/loan application, obtain your advisor’s seal on it, and submit it to the Library Service Desk. After the library registers it, you can apply public expense to these services. [→Details (in Japanese)]

A9-3. How much does it cost to use the interlibrary loan service? How long does it take to get a requested book?

The cost will be the total of the copying fee (about 35–55 yen per page) plus the shipping charge.
For the loan, you will pay for the shipping 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 with this university, please request ILL service at a nearby public library nearby or your university’s library. Your request may be denied if the item is owned by a laboratory and someone is using it.
[10] OPAC plus

A10-1. I cannot figure out how to use OPAC plus to find information about library holdings.

  ■ Materials indicated with "中央図" marks are located in the Central Library.[→Locations and Corner names of OPAC plus in the Central Library]
Books are arranged by call number as indicated in OPAC plus (class numbers and author marks). You can look for the item according to the class numbers that shown on book shelves.
Periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order. You can look for the item according to the letters shown on bookshelves.

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 use within the Kanazawa University Graduate School of Law. You cannot read it or check it out.
Login to "Library Online Service" on the library website (using your Kanazawa University ID and password).
Click "ILL request," 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 if you are an university member, your request may be denied if the item is owned by a laboratory and someone is using it.
If you are not affiliated with the university, you may not check out the item yourself. Please request ILL service at a nearby public library or your university’s library. Your request may be denied if the item is owned by a laboratory and someone is using it.  
[11] Computers, Networks, etc.

A11-1. Can I use the Internet in the library?

Computers specifically for Internet users are located in the Infosquare, a computer section in the hall on the second floor.
For the Internet service, you need your network ID and password.
You can also use your own computer to access the Internet in the library.
■ An individual reading booth with information consent is available on the second floor adjacent to the audiovisual booths
■ Wi-Fi available
  If you are not affiliated with the university, you are not allowed to use the Internet in the library.

A11-2. I would like to print out things from a computer in the library.

You can print out things from the computers in the Infosquare, a computer section in the hall on the second floor.
You can also store the item in USB memory and print it on your own computer.
If you are not affiliated with the university, you are not allowed to use the Internet or print materials in the library.
External databases and e-Journals
Please request their use at the Library Service Desk. You can use only the ones with a 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 Desk 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 the Information Media Center, with your student ID card.

Information Media Center
http://www.imc.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/

A11-4. I cannot remember my Network ID.

  At the library, we are not able to help you. You will have to contact the Information Media Center.


【Locations and corner names in OPAC at the Central Library】

Location (Written in Japanese) Class Number Name of Section Floor 
中央図開架  400-999 Books Third Floor
中央図オープンスタジオ  OS000-OS999 Books for Learning Support Third Floor(In Open Studio)
中央図留学支援  289-899 Study Abroad Support Books Third Floor (In front of Global Communication Studio)
中央図留学生  000-999 Books for International Students Third Floor
中央図就職支援  Q000-Q999 Books for Job Hunting Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  Ch000-Ch999 Chuko Shinsho (中公新書)
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  E000-E999 Everyman’s Library
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  I000-I999 Iwanami Bunko (岩波文庫)
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  J000-J999 Jinbutsu Sosho (人物叢書)
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  Re000-Re999 Reclams [Universal-Bibliothek]
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  S000-S999 Iwanami Shinsho (岩波新書)
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図文庫・新書  T000-T999 Toyo Bunko (東洋文庫)
Pocket-size Books
Third Floor
中央図語学資格  830-869 Books for Language Qualification (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, 英検, 中検, 独検, 仏検, etc.)
These books have a seal with [語学資格]
Third Floor
中央図国際交流スタ Chikyu no arukikata (Travel guidebook), Extensive reading books Third Floor (In front of Global Communication Studio)
中央図GS図書  000-999 Global Standard Curriculum Books
These books have a seal with [GS]
Second Floor
中央図開架  000-399 Books Second Floor
中央図北陸銀行文庫  H000-H999 Hokkoku Bank Collection
Mainly books for self-development
Second Floor (Hall)
中央図開架  000-999: CD [Sequence number] CD: Audio-visual materials Second Floor (Multimedia Section)
中央図開架  000-999: DVD [Sequence number] DVD: Audio-visual materials Second Floor (Multimedia Section)
中央図参考  000-999 Reference Books (Dictionaries)
[In-Library Use Only]
Second Floor
中央図書庫  000-399 Books: Low Use Books
Except 210.21-210.29
→Basement Storage Area (Electric Book Shelf)
First Floor
中央図書庫  400-999 Books: Low Use Books Basement
中央図書庫  Y000-Y999
 Handled as Periodicals 
Annual Publications (White Papers, Almanacs etc.) Basement
中央図○○文庫  Organized by the Class Number, Varies According to the Collection Special Collections→Storage Area (Electric Book Shelf)
Except Miyamoto Collection
→Stack Room
Basement
中央図四高  1-15 The Fourth High School Collection
→Storage Area (Electric Book Shelf)
Basement
中央図雑誌  Alphabetical order by the Romanized Japanese Title
<A-Q>
Japanese Periodicals 
→Storage Area (Electric Book Shelf)
Current Issues may be at the "Newly Arrived Periodicals" on the Second Floor.
Basement or
Newly Arrived Periodicals on the Second Floor
中央図雑誌  Alphabetical Order by the Romanized Japanese Title
<R-Z>
Japanese Periodicals
→Stack Room
Current Issues may be at the "Newly Arrived Periodicals" on the Second Floor.
Basement or
Newly Arrived Periodicals on the Second Floor
中央図雑誌  Alphabetical Order by the Title
<A-Z>
Foreign Periodicals  
→Storage Area (Electric Book Shelf)
Current Issues may be at the "Newly Arrived Periodicals" on the second Floor.
Basement or
Newly Arrived Periodicals on the Second Floor