Library

Look forward to our New Arrivals on November 2!

Notice (January 5, 2016): Due to flooding in our building, the Japan Foundation Toronto library, gallery and office will be closed for maintenance until further notice.

Overdue fines will be waived temporarily to account for the sudden closure.

Please contact us via email if you would like to renew items, and requests will be processed when possible.


The Japan Foundation, Toronto is no longer located in the Colonnade building. Thank you for your 20 years of patronage there.
We are now located on the third floor of the Hudson’s Bay Centre, 2 Bloor St. East, Suite 300.
Please see our moving page for access details and note the change in library opening hours below.


 What’s New in the Library?

  • The New Arrivals List for Nov 23-Dec 19 is available for viewing! The next New Arrivals list will be on display in January.
  • The new book by local author Rui Umezawa, Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan, is now available at the library.
  • Our public WiFi password has changed. Please inquire at the desk for the new password.
  • Small books such as bunkobon are now located on their own special shelf. You can pick up lots of small, pocket-sized paperbacks all in the same place!

The Japan Foundation Toronto Library is a public lending library for anyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture. It maintains a collection of over 20,000 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 viewing stations, and explore our collection of manga, CDs, DVDs, fashion magazines and other great resources.

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: 416-966-2935
E-mail: library@jftor.org

Library Hours

Monday11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Select Saturdays11:00 am - 4:00 pmOPEN November 14, November 28, December 12
CLOSED Closed on other Saturdays, Sundays; November 11, December 21-31.