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.


Saturday, March 7, noon – 5 pm

Let’s celebrate Hina Matsuri – Girls’ Day and the Doll Festival – together in the Japan Foundation Toronto Library!

  • Refreshments – Japanese tea, rice crackers and hina arare snacks from 1:00 pm onwards
  • Kimono demonstration – Dressing by the Toronto Kimono Club at 2:00 pm
  • Kamishibai – Japanese tales narrated with illustration, in English and Japanese, 3:00 & 3:15 pm
  • Meet Paro – a high-tech Japanese baby seal robot, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Play with traditional Japanese toys like kendama, otedama, daruma otoshi, mangekyou and biidama, all day

Plus Ohinasama and Tsurushibina – traditional Japanese dolls in beautiful costumes and hanging hina ornaments – on display in the library from February 26 through March 26!