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Overview : Mita Media Center (Keio University Library)

Mita Media Center (Keio University Library) has been designated to support research and education on Keio University's Mita campus.

It also plays an important role as a main Keio University Library. Keio University Library has spend many collecting approximately 2.5 million volumes. The collections, both physical and digital, cover most areas of Social Science and Humanities of interest to the Faculties of Letters, Economics, Law, and Business & Commerce. The Center also houses many rare books and several important collections, including the private library of Yukichi Fukuzawa, the university's founder. The collections are located in the Old Building (Kyukan), the New Building (Shinkan) and the new South Building Library. Most of the collections are shelved in open stacks and are accessible to users for browsing and selection purposes. Our current project, the digitization of The Center’s collection, will bring about global dissemination of knowledge in the academic world.

The history of the Keio University Library can be traced back to the establishment of the Daigakubu Shokan, or University Bibliographic Section, in 1890. In 1905 it was renamed “Keio University Library”. The Old Building was built in 1912 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Keio; a Gothic-style red brick structure, the Kyukan has been designated an important cultural property by the Japanese government. The stained glass displayed over the entrance hall stairs is the university's symbol.

The New Building, the main building of the Center, was completed in 1982 to facilitate user exploration and discovery of academic information in our extensive collections. The New South Building Library opened in 2005 . The Center pursues the best environment for both educational and research activities by preserving academic information resources and making them accessible as a cultural legacy for future generations.