The Japan Foundation Toronto Library is a public lending library for anyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture. It maintains a collection of 24,000 Japan-related print and audiovisual materials in English, Japanese and French, emphasizing language study, art, literature, history and culture.

Visitors are welcome to study in the library, watch a film at one of the 4 viewing stations, and explore our collection of manga, CDs, DVDs, fashion magazines and other great resources in the Pop Culture Corner.

Our catalogue is available online in web and mobile formats for you to browse at home. Registered users may renew their materials and place holds on items using our online account system: Click here to sign in.

Inquiries/Renewals: 416-966-2935
Fax: 416-966-0957

Library Hours

Monday11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Select Saturdaysnoon - 5:00 pmJanuary 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21.
CLOSEDOther Saturdays, Sundays, February 16 Family Day holiday.

 IBBY Book Display January 12-February 27:

The Japan Foundation Toronto Library is proud to share a new exhibit in conjunction with the North York Central Branch of the Toronto Public Library. A selection of items in Japanese from the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities comes to us on loan from January 19 through February 27 from the TPL’s North York Central Library.

The mission of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) is to promote international understanding through children’s books, and to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards. The collection housed by the TPL includes colourful cloth books, braille items, and interactive materials – some of which match titles currently offered at the Japan Foundation Toronto Library. It also includes quality books written for, by, and about children and teens with physical, developmental, mental and language disabilities.

Every two years the IBBY Documentation Centre selects approximately 50 titles from around the world as part of the “Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities” showcase. All of the Japanese-language items from North York Central Library’s collection that have Outstanding status are part of the temporary exhibition at JFT. In total, we will be showcasing 40 of Japanese-language IBBY items in the library for a period of six weeks. Please come visit and view this very special collection! A preview of just a few of the items can be viewed below:


Outstanding Award Winner 2001
Every night Horon the owl sings beneath the moon. His song is so beautiful that the bat suggests holding a concert for the other animals of the forest. This delightful picture book describes what happens at the concert and how Horon's disappointment is transformed into joy when he realizes the nature of his unique talent.


Outstanding Award Winner 2005
This is a collection of fourteen maru (circles) by eleven representative artists of the twentieth century. The circle is perhaps the one shape that holds special meaning for most human beings. Along with rhythmic words, the letters are written in concert with the screen. The book is created from the idea that beauty, fun, surprise and excitement should be encountered during the important childhood years when our sensibilities are in the process of developing.


Outstanding Award Winner 2011
Everywhere there are children who need lots of care and understanding: these children do not always do things the way adults want them done, and are often labelled as "problem children,: and are thus always being yelled at. Even while they are trying to explain why they do things in a different way, they believe that a scolding is coming. The cover of this book shows the face of a boy with tears in his eyes. How do his teacher and mother respond to his desperate prayer?


Outstanding Award Winner 1997
This book incorporates text in braille and Japanese with imaginative and cheerful tactile shapes, thus making it suitable for all children.


Download or view a booklist of all of the items here!