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Tuesday - Friday
9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Central Library (Chuo Toshokan) is open until 8:30 p.m.
( Study rooms on the B1 floor and Kid’s area on the 1stfloor are closed at 7:00 p.m.)
The Yamauchi Library (Yamauchi Toshokan) is open until 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Holidays, and December 28
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 4
12:00p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Closed Days

Scheduled closing day for facility maintenance (once a month),
December 29 –January 3, and for inventory


A library card (Toshokan Card) is needed to borrow books.
The library card is free to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Yokohama City. With the library card, you can borrow books from any Yokohama City Library.

To obtain a library card, fill out the Library’s card application form and present a form of identification with your name and present address (for example, alienregistration certificate, driver’s license, student ID) to the Registration Desk ( Toroku Counter). You will receive your card on the spot.

Your library card cannot be used by other people. The library will review your registered information every five years.


You may borrow up to a total of 6 items (magazines and books) from all branches for 2 weeks.

Bring the books to be borrowed with your library card to the Circulation Desk. Each time you borrow a book, a date due receipt will be given to you, indicating item ID number and the day you should return the item to the library.

You cannot borrow a book without your library card. The books labeled as “館内” (“Kannai” – internal reference only) and the latest issue of magazine is not available for circulation.

You may renew your items once, provided it is not overdue, or not on hold for another borrower. To renew your items, you can either bring the items in person to the library, call the information desk at 045-262-0040, log_on to the library computers, or access to the library web page.


Coin-operated photocopiers are available.
The charge per sheet is 10 yen for black/white, 50 yen for B5, B4, and A4 color, or 80 yen for A3 color.

Reference services

Users who require assistance with research or reference databases should ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.

Other services

Home delivery service is available for those who have difficulties to go to the library due to disability. Please register at the Central Library ( Chuo Toshioan).

Guidelines for Library users

Drinking, eating, smoking in the Library is not allowed.
Parking facility is not available.
Please do not disturb other users of the library.
The borrower is responsible for all the materials borrowed and for any charges on items that are lost or damaged.


Yokohama City Central Public Library (Chuo Toshokan)
Phone 045-262-0050

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