Pay a visit to Naka Library!
Inquiries: Naka Library Tel: 045-621-6621 Fax: 045- 621-6444
Naka Library, located close to Honmoku Sancho Park, is a pleasant library set amid lush flowers and greenery. Fall is the perfect time of year to pick up a good book, so why not head over to Naka Library and see if you can find something of interest to you?
16-1 Honmokuhara, 231-0821 Municipal Bus Fuji Express
2 min. walk from Honmokuhara
Tue. – Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat., Sun., Mon. and national holidays: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition to one set closing day a month, may be closed on other days
■ From JR 桜木町 (Sakuragicho) Station
Approx. 25 min. on Lines 8, 58, 99, 101, 105, 106, or 148 from 桜木町駅前 (Sakuragichoeki-mae) bus stop
■ From JR 関内 (Kannai) Station
Approx. 21 min. on Lines 99, 101, 105, or 106 from 港町 (Minato-cho) or 地下鉄関内駅 (Chikatetsu Kannaieki) bus stops
■ From JR 石川町 (Ishikawacho) Station (South Exit)
Approx. 15 min. on Lines 99, 101, 105, or 106 from 元町 (Motomachi) bus stop, 5 min walk
■ From JR 根岸 (Negishi) Station
Approx. 12 min. on Lines 58, 99, or 101 from根岸駅前 (Negishieki-mae) bus stop
Naka Ward is a very cosmopolitan community, a fact that is reflected in Naka Library, which stocks many foreign language books.
Here, you will find books, magazines and newspapers in English, Chinese and Korean.
1st floor: Children’s Books
①Books in Korean
②Books in Chinese and English
③Picture books in English
④Books in Chinese
⑤Books in Korean
⑥Books in English
⑦Japanese Language Study Area：This area of the library contains many useful books for those learning and teaching Japanese.
You can use the library and borrow books free of charge. You can sign up for a library card at any age, even on behalf of infants.
Anyone of any age can create a library if they live in the City of Yokohama, or commute here for work or study. Library cards are universal, meaning they can be used at all Yokohama City Library branches.
*Please bring a valid form of personal identification which contains your name and current address (driver’s license, health insurance card, student ID card, etc.).
*Those who commute to Yokohama for work of study need to submit something confirming the address of their place of work or study.
Each user can borrow up to 6 books. You can be put into the waiting line for books that are out on loan, and can request books from other libraries. In addition to library counters, you can also reserve books via phone or online.
If a certain book is not available at Naka Library, you can request it from any other Yokohama City Library branch, Kanagawa Prefectural Library, or from other local libraries within Kanagawa Prefecture.
Borrowing and returning books
Each user can borrow up to 6 books (total for all Yokohama City Library branches) for 2 weeks.
If nobody else has reserved the book in question, you can extend the period of loan on books one time only. You can also extend books over the phone or online, and can return books to any Yokohama City Library branch. Outside of opening hours, please return books in the “Book Return” slots, located to the side of the front entrance of libraries.
Search and reserve books online anytime, anywhere
You can search the collections of all Yokohama City Library branches by accessing the search page on the Yokohama City Library website.
If you input your library card number, date of birth and telephone number, and register a password, you can also make reservations, and check which books you are borrowing or have reserved.
If you register an email address, you will receive a notification informing you when a book you have reserved is ready for collection.
If in doubt, ask a librarian
I can’t find a certain book I am looking for... There is something I wish to look up...
In such cases, please ask a librarian at the book enquiries counter, who will help you find the book or information you are looking for.
References to help you choose a book
There are so many books I do not know where to begin
Please use Yokohama City Library’s booklist if you are struggling to choose a book.
Please ask at the counter if you would like to receive a copy of “おひざにだっこで楽しむ絵本 (Picture Books to enjoy with your Child on your Lap)” and “おうちでいっしょに楽しむ絵本 (Picture Books to enjoy together at Home),” pamphlets introducing picture books for babies and young children.
Reading support for elementary and junior high school students
Every summer, the library publishes “読んでみようこんな本 (Books you should read),” a list of recommended books for elementary and junior high school students.
The library also publishes information on its website and through Twitter
Inquiries: Bunka, Supotsu, Seishonen Tanto (Culture, Sports and Youth Section), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 045-224-8137 Fax: 045-224-8215
Duration: Oct. 1 (Thu.) – Nov. 30 (Mon.)
A range of events will be held for the duration of the festival. This year also features a screening of “Book Challenge,” a film introducing recommended books.
⇒ Naka Ward Book Festival
Honkatsu Communication in TSUTAYA BOOKSTORE Shimachu HOME'S Shinyamashita Branch
This event features a public book reading of “ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 (Mysterious Candy Store Zenitendo) (author: Reiko Hiroshima; artwork: jyajya; publisher: Kaiseisha),” which came 4th place in this year’s “Elementary School Children Choose! General Election of Children’s Books.”
Date and times: Nov. 8 (Sun.) (1) From 1 p.m. (2) From 3 p.m.
Availability: 10 groups in each session (around 30 people)
Participation fee: Free
How to apply: Applications open on October 11. To apply, please go to a counter at TSUTAYA BOOKSTORE Shimachu HOME'S Shinyamashita Branch.