JF OverDrive Digital Library

Instantly borrow from our selection of Japan-related ebooks and audiobooks on your computer or mobile device.


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The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.
In addition to its Tokyo headquarters, the Japan Foundation has 24 offices in 23 countries (including two liaison offices), as well as the Kyoto Office and two Japanese-language institutes in Japan. Using these offices and organizations as footholds, the Foundation is active in all regions of the world. The Japan Foundation also works closely with Japanese embassies and consulates, Japanese language institutions, and cultural exchange organizations abroad to expand its activities on a global scale.






Show How can I read ebooks?

Ebooks are viewable with tablets, phones, computer or dedicated ebook readers. View these step by step videos from OverDrive to learn how to use your particular device to browse, check out, and download ebooks.

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Patrons must have a valid Japan Foundation membership to borrow from JF OverDrive. Enter your membership or library card number, and PIN (last four-digits of your phone number) to sign in.

Patrons may have up to 5 ebooks and audiobooks checked out at any given time.

The default lending period for ebooks is 21 days. Borrowed materials will expire automatically at the end of the checkout period. You may, however, return items early to make them available for other library users.

Late fines are never applied in the case for ebooks and audiobooks.

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Materials may be renewed 3 days before they expire if there are no holds pending. If the item is unavailable for renewal, you may place a hold.

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Digital library materials that are not currently available (indicated by the “Wait List” banner above cover image) can be placed on hold.

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OverDrive services are governed by their own privacy policies and practices. Please consult their Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions for more information.

Show How do I log in to borrow items from JF OverDrive?

Visit jf.overdrive.com and click on the “Sign in” button. On the Libby App, find The Japan Foundation under “Add A Library” from your user profile. Select your library (Canada/USA). Log in by entering your membership or library card number and PIN number (last four-digits of your phone number).

Show How do I search for digital library materials?

You may browse exclusively for digital library materials on jf.overdrive.com. Search by title or author, either in English or Japanese. You may also browse for more titles by subject or collections and narrow your search results by availability and language.


For residents of Canada, please email JFT Library at library@jftor.org

For residents of USA, please email specialist@jflalc.org