Library news:

  • The New Arrivals List for February 2023 is available for viewing!
  • JFT Book Club Online: Three Short Works by NISHI Kanako — On beauty, the Female Experience and Othering will be on Wednesday, February 8. Join us to discuss the thought-provoking works by one of the most iconic contemporary Japanese female authors! To learn more, please click here.
  • All Fukubukuro (Lucky bags) are gone as of Thursday, January 12. Thank you to all those who participated! For those who are curious about what items were included in all the Fukubukuro bags, check out the list of items inside here
  • JF OverDrive now available! Instantly borrow digital items and start reading with a valid library card.
  • JFT Library is now open. Please see below for more details.
  • New Video Chat Support available from January 11, 2021. Click here to make a booking.
  • We offer public WiFi access. Please inquire at the desk for the password.

Library Visitor Policy

The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our primary concern. The library and gallery is open with reduced hours and modified services as below:

Library & Gallery Opening Hours

Tuesday11:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:30am to 4:30pm
*Select dates only: Jan 28 *New*, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 4
11:30am to 4:30pm


Visitors to Library are no longer required to make a booking or show vaccination status. All visitors are welcome to access shelves and study space. Pick-up and drop-off services continue to be available with prior notice. To request library materials for pick-up, please email

To apply for a new library card or renew your expired card, please fill in our Library Card Application Form online.

For more information about services available at this time, please visit JFT Library Visitor Policy.

JF OverDrive

Enjoy digital items (ebooks and audiobooks) from JF OverDrive Library without leaving the comfort of your home.

Members of the JFT Library can now access and instantly borrow from our selection of ebooks and audiobooks by visiting JF OverDrive.

To log in, simply enter your library card number and PIN (last four-digits of phone number).

To apply for a new library card or renew your expired card, please fill in our Library Card Application Form online.

For more information about accessing the JF OverDrive, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

  • Effective from March 3, 2022, The Japan Foundation Toronto’s digital library service has been renamed to The Japan Foundation OverDrive. Current users will be able to continue to use our digital library without disruption. For details, please click here.

All video titles will be removed from JF OverDrive on September 1, 2022. Any users with active checkouts on OverDrive video titles will be able to enjoy the title through the end of the lending period. Check out our streaming videos on JF OverDrive before they become unavailable!  For details, please click here.

JFT Book Club Online 

Join our virtual conversation on the three thought-provoking works by NISHI Kanako.

JFT Book Club Online
—Three Short Works by NISHI Kanako:
On beauty, the Female Experience and Othering—

Wednesday, February 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST

Although her works are incredibly popular in Japan, most of NISHI Kanako’s books are yet to be translated into English. This will be an exciting opportunity to enjoy inspiring works by one of the most anticipated authors entering the international literary scene!

To register or to learn more about the JFT Book Club Online, please click here.

About the JFT Library

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.
Click here to learn more about our collection and services.

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
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