Nakajima Library in Akita - One of the Most Beautiful Libraries in Japan

Nakajima Library in Akita - One of the Most Beautiful Libraries in Japan

Akita 2016.01.13

Located within Akita International University there is a library well-known for its meticulous design. Nakajima Library is a treasure trove of Akita that shouldn't be missed!

Translated by Verity Lane

Written by OsawaKimie

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With all classes conducted in English, Akita prefecture's (※1) Akita International University (AIU) is always spearheading philosophical thinking. The Nakajima Library stands within the university campus, surrounded by woods on all sides. Known as the "library that doesn't sleep", it is Japan's one and only library that remains open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

※1… Akita prefecture: Facing the ocean, it is one of Japan's north-eastern prefectures.

Access is not limited to just AIU students. With members of the general public also entering the library, it is viewed as a place of refuge by the people of Akita prefecture. It goes without saying that the beautiful and user-friendly design allows library users to study comfortably, in a library brimming with various facilities.

The Concept of the Book Colosseum - Students Come to Grips With Studying


Built in 2008, Nakajima library resembles the Roman Colosseum with its semi-circular characteristic design. It is a space that facilitates learning, allowing students to get to grips with books and reading. That is how the concept of the "Book Colosseum" was born.

Next PageNext Page: Take a look at the architectural details from inside and what kind of books they have!
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