Library news:

Library Temporary Closure


Considering the current changing  circumstances, with everyone’s safety in mind, The Japan Foundation, Toronto has decided to temporarily close our centre to the public from Tuesday October 13, 2020.

During this temporary closure, we ask all patrons to please hold onto your items on loan.
Once we are open, you will have 3 weeks to return the items. There is no drop-box available during closure. Any overdue fines incurred during this time will not be charged.

We ask you for your cooperation to keep the Library a safe place for yourself, for other visitors and for our staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

JFT Library Book Club Online- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa



Join our first book club of year 2021!

We will discuss the highly-acclaimed novel “The Memory Police (密やかな結晶)” by Yoko Ogawa, shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize and finalist of the 2019 National Book Award.

Thursday, February 11, 2020 [3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]

The JFT Library Book Club will be conducted through Zoom. Please email the library at to reserve your seat.

Thank you for participating!


JFT Library Staff Picks and Booklists


The JFT Library reviews are back!

Read our book and movie reviews to find out what our Library staff, volunteers and patrons are reading during the closure, and get recommendations for your next library item to borrow.

This week’s Staff Pick is about the novel Heaven by KAWAKAMI Mieko, author of the highly acclaimed Breasts and Eggs. Soon to be released in English, Heaven is an illuminating novel about bullying and the philosophical and religious debates concerning violence.

Check out past book and movie reviews and thematic booklists on our Booklist webpage.


You can also check our complete list of books and authors by subject in PDF format. Browse for library items online for your next pickup, without having to browse the shelves onsite. Download them from the sidebar from the Online Library Catalogue. Stay tuned for more booklists to be available for download.

Thinking of ways to stay connected and spend your time during our closure? Share your love of JFT books and movies electronically by sending us your thoughts and opinions about a book or movie of your choice from JFT’s collection to


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.

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, 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
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