Shonan Fujisawa Media Center Library


Food and Drinks

  • Refrain from eating or smoking inside the Media Center.
  • Drinks in sealable containers such as plastic bottles are allowed inside the Media Center.

Anti-theft equipment

Anti-theft equipment is installed at the SFC Media Center exit and may affect the operation of medical equipment in the immediate vicinity. If you are concerned about passing through the exit gate, please consult with the Information Desk staff.

Conduct in the Shonan Fujisawa Media Center

  • Keep your Student ID Card (or Campus Card) on you at all times when you enter the Media Center.
  • Handle all material and electronic equipment with care.
  • Return any material that you have used to its original place when finished.
  • Complete all lending procedures for any material or electronic equipment that you take outside the Media Center.
  • It is prohibited to lend any material or electronic equipment that you have borrowed to a third person.
  • Set mobile phones to silent mode and limit phone conversations to outside the building, in the Lounge (on the first floor), or in Group Study Rooms (on second and third floors).
  • Supervise your belongings at all times. The Media Center bears no responsibility for any lost or stolen items.
  • You must apply for permission in advance if you wish to conduct surveys or experiments, film, or take photographs within the Media Center.
  • Avoid any behavior that is disruptive to other patrons.
  • Follow the guidance and instruction of Media Center staff.

About copyright

What is copyright?

Copyright is a set of rights to protect creators' works such as books, articles, music, arts, movies and computer programs.
Copyright applies to any articles/reports created by individuals. Anybody can be an owner of copyright.
The Copyright Act protects copyright owners by protecting their works from unauthorized use, serving as a system to lay the foundation for cultural promotion.
Violation of copyright owners' rights falls under copyright infringement and penalties such as imprisonment or fines are set forth in the provisions of the Copyright Act.
With increasing trends to value and protect intellectual properties including creators' works in the modern society as a whole, it is everybody's responsibility to act appropriately so as to protect copyright.

To protect copyright

The Copyright Act, in the light of promoting academic studies, provides exceptions for libraries in regards to material lending and photocopying literature.
Article 38 defines that non-profit/non-charge lending can be freely practiced.
Article 31 allows photocopying without the permission of copyright owners only in the following conditions.

  • For individual study/research
    A library user is allowed to make photocopies in the library for the purpose of individual study and research.
  • Photocopying is allowed only for items belonging to the Media Center.
    Use of copy machines inside libraries is limited to certain purposes under Article 31.
    Photocopying in the library is limited to "library items", which here mean items that belong to the library.
    Therefore, photocopying of carried-in notebooks is prohibited. In some cases, photocopying of items borrowed from other libraries is prohibited.
  • Photocopying the entire text of a book is not allowed.
    Photocopying of part of a work is permitted in libraries. "Part" here is reasonably considered as half of an entire work or less.
  • Photocopying of journal articles is allowed after a certain period.
    For the purpose of protecting owners' rights, photocopying of journal articles is not allowed before a considerable period of time has elapsed.
    A "considerable period of time" is generally regarded as the time until the next issue is published.
  • One photocopy per user
    Libraries are allowed to provide one photocopy per user upon the user's request.
  • Re-photocopying and photocopying for distribution purposes are not allowed.
    Due to the one-photocopy-per-user restriction, making multiple photocopies for the purpose of distribution is not allowed.

※When faculty members or persons who attend courses prepare lecture material, they shall only be permitted to photocopy material to the extent deemed necessary for the purpose of the lecture, so as not to impair on copyright owner's rights. Any person who uses the photocopied material in the lecture shall make photocopies with the name of the source material clearly identified.

Article 31 of Copyright Act

The following is excerpted from Article 31 of the Copyright Act which defines photocopying rules in libraries.
To see the full text, go to the "Japanese Law Translation Database System" provided in the recommended links below.

(Reproduction in libraries, etc.)

Excerpted from Copyright Act (Act No. 48 of May 6, 1970)

Article 31: In the following cases, it shall be permissible to reproduce a work included in library materials (in this Article, "library materials" means books, documents and other materials held in [the collection of] libraries, etc.) as an activity falling within the scope of the non-profit-making activities of libraries, etc. (in this Article, "libraries, etc." means libraries and other establishments designated by Cabinet Order and having among their purposes, the providing of library materials for use by the public):

(i) where, in response to the request of a user of a library, etc. and for the purpose of his/her research or study, such user is furnished with a single reproduction of (a) a part of a work already made public, or (b) in the case of an individual work reproduced in a periodical already published for a considerable period of time, all of such individual work;
(ii) where the reproduction is necessary for the purpose of preserving library materials;
(iii) where, in response to the request of other libraries, etc., a reproduction of [a work constituting] library materials is furnished because such work is difficult to obtain due to such work being out of print or other similar reasons.