Library news:

  • Upcoming scheduled maintenance: There will be a scheduled downtime on Friday, August 26th, 2022 between 12:00 am to 6:00 am (EDT) for maintenance of our library catalogue system. Please be informed that users may not be able to access Japan Foundation Toronto Library Catalogue during this period.
  • JFT Library will be closed August 22nd – 26th for inventory. JFT Gallery and JF OverDrive Library will operate as usual.
  • The New Arrivals List for August 2022 is available for viewing!
  • 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 Hours

Tuesday11:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday (select dates only: Aug 6 & 20, Sep 10 & 24)11:30am to 4:30pm

* JFT Library will be closed August 22nd – 26th for inventory. JFT Gallery and JF OverDrive Library will operate as usual.


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

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).
If your library card has expired, please complete a Library Card Application Form, and check “Renew Library Card” (Q13).

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.

Between May 3 and July 28, 2022, OverDrive will perform server upgrades between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to enhance the performance and security of the systems used. Users will still be able to sign in to JF OverDrive and browse or read titles, but may encounter errors when attempting to borrow, place a hold, or return titles during this maintenance period.

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

Thank you to all those who participated in The JFT Book Club Online: Manga (Japanese comics) on June 15, 2022!

Check out the list of books that were discussed during the book club below or download the full list here.
Please continue to check the JFT’s website for future book club information.

To learn more about 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.

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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