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Opening Hours

The Central Library

9 am to 10 pm
* Please note that elementary school students and younger children must be accompanied by an adult after 6 pm.

The Lifelong Learning Center

Weekdays

9 am to 7 pm
* Please note that elementary school students and younger children must be accompanied by an adult after 6 pm.

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

9 am to 5 pm

Other branch libraries

Every day

9 am to 5 pm

Closing Days

The Central Library

  • The first Tuesday of every month (If the day is a public holiday, the library will be closed on the first weekday following the holiday.)
  • The third Monday and the following day (If the day is a public holiday, the library will be closed on the first weekday following the holiday.)
  • New Year's holiday (December 29 to January 3)
  • Inventory days and other special arrangements (Users will be informed of closures in advance.)

The Lifelong Learning Center

  • The first Monday of every month (If the day is a public holiday, the library will be closed on the first weekday following the holiday.)
  • The third Wednesday and the following day (If the day is a public holiday, the library will be closed on the first weekday following the holiday.)
  • New Year's holiday (December 29 to January 3)
  • Inventory days and other special arrangements (Users will be informed of closures in advance.)

Other branch libraries

  • The first and third Mondays of every month (If the day is a public holiday, the library will be closed on the first weekday following the holiday.)
  • Public holidays
  • New Year's holiday (December 29 to January 3)
  • Inventory days and other special arrangements (Users will be informed of closures in advance.)

* Please refer to the calendar for the closing days of each facility.

How to get a library card

  • You will need a library card to borrow books and audiovisual materials and to view audiovisual material in the library.
  • The Central Library accepts registrations and issues cards between 9 am and 7 pm. All branch libraries accept registrations and issue cards during regular opening hours.
  • You are eligible for a library card if you are a resident of Fuchu City, if you go to school or work in Fuchu City, or if you live in a city that has a reciprocal borrowing arrangement with Fuchu City.

    Residents of Fuchu City

    On presentation of a piece of ID (health insurance card, driver's license, passport or other ID) as proof of residence

    If you work or
    attend school in Fuchu City

    On presentation of documentation that confirms school or place of employment (employee ID or school ID card)

    Interlibrary use

    On presentation of a piece of ID (health insurance card, driver's license, passport or other ID) as proof of residence

  • The library card can be used at all library facilities in the city.
  • Please return your library card if you are no longer eligible for reasons of moving away, changing jobs or graduating from school.
  • Organizations active in Fuchu City (kindergartens, nursery schools, study circles etc.) are also eligible for a library card. Please contact the Central Library for details about conditions for registration and applicable rules.
  • The library card expires after five years. If you wish to continue using the library, you must renew the card.

Borrowing

Checking out materials (individuals)

  • Please take your personal library card and the materials you wish to borrow to the checkout counter. As a rule, you may not use the card of another family member.
  • The library card can be used at all library facilities in the city.
  • The Central Library provides self-checkout units that you can use to check out materials.

Loan period and number of items

  • Books and magazines
    Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference materials, the latest issue of magazines and newspapers are not available for loan but must be consulted in the library.
    • Residents, eligible students and workers: Maximum 10 items/2 weeks
    • Interlibrary use: Maximum 5 items/2 weeks
  • Audiovisual materials
    Please note that these items must be ordered from the Central Library as branch libraries do no stock them.
    • Residents, eligible students and workers: 6 items/week
    • Interlibrary use: 3 items/week
  • Audio books
    • Residents, eligible students and workers: 5 items/2 weeks
    • Interlibrary use: 3 items/2 weeks

Renewals

  • Books and magazines may be renewed before the expiry of the loan period. Most items can be renewed twice for a loan period of two weeks as long as no one is waiting for them.
  • Audiovisual materials, interlibrary loans, tactile books and cloth books may not be renewed.
  • Materials may be renewed by using the online library catalog on our homepage. (You will need a password. Please note that reciprocal library users cannot use the online catalog but may renew materials over the telephone or in person.

Returns

Returning materials

  • You do not need your library card to return materials.
  • Please do not return materials directly to the shelves.
  • You may return materials to any library in the city even if you borrowed the materials from another branch library.
  • Please remember to rewind videotapes and cassette tapes before returning them.

Returns on holidays and after hours

  • Please deposit materials in the book returns box when the library is closed.
  • Please bring audiovisual materials to the returns counter during library opening hours as these items are easily damaged.
  • The book returns box may be closed during the extended New Year's holiday in which case we request that library materials are kept at home. (Users will be notified of closures in advance.)

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