Research / International Cooperation


User surveys

The Media Centers conduct user surveys aimed at ascertaining the needs of users and improving services.

Academic E-Books Experiment Project (2010-2014)

Keio University conducted experiments to get an indication of the methods by which to offer academic and specialist books electronically along with the issues that exist at university libraries, through digitizing academic and specialist texts in cooperation with publishers, etc., offering these by various means to students and faculty and staff members, and observing their reactions.

International Cooperation

Participation in PRRLA(2020-)

Keio University joined the Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA) in July 2020 as the second university library from Japan. Focusing on the shared use of digitized academic information resources, Keio University will promote sharing expertise through exchanges between librarians. Unfortunately, human interaction has not been realized yet due to the COVID-19 disaster.


For the mutual lending and borrowing of materials with overseas universities (ILL) and cataloguing, Keio University participates in and utilizes the services of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.), the world's largest bibliographic utility. Keio University promotes the collection and exchange of information on case examples of libraries in various countries and the latest trends at OCLC through attending international conferences hosted for participating libraries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Participation in OCLC Research Library Partnership(-2020)

Keio University joined the Research Library Group (RLG), a mutual aid organization for research libraries in the U.S.A., as a general member in October 2002. Although RLG later became a part of OCLC, in July 2011, the OCLC Research Library Partnership (ORLP) was established and took over the RLG, and Keio University became an official ORLP member thereof. As the first university from East Asia to participate in ORLP, Keio University was cooperating with surveys and research related to research libraries, including on metadata. Keio had also hosted international forums for university libraries to which ORLP staff members were invited.

Research Support and Libraries -- How Universities Should Approach the "Chaos" of the Research Cycle

The Future of Printed Collections at University Libraries -- Possibilities for Japanese Editions of Shared Print

Participation in IGeLU Conference

Keio University has adopted an overseas library system since 2010. Every year, staff members are sent to user meetings in regions of Europe and Asia where the same system is being used. Not only are they introduced to new products and functions while obtaining the latest information on development plans, but they also participate in discussions including on technology trends and development requests from users.

Google Books Library Project and HathiTrust

From 2007 through to 2010, Keio University participated in the Google Books Library Project, digitizing and publishing approximately 100,000 materials in Japanese for which the period of copyright protection had expired. The outcomes of this project were then offered to the HathiTrust Shared Repository, which was established in the main by North American libraries participating in the Google Books Library Project in 2014, contributing to the development of Japanese studies.