Regular 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

Library news:

  • The Library is currently closed until further notice. Please see below for more information
  • Check out a list of Online Resources for Japan-Related Reading Materials below!
  • Join our first online JFT Book Club on June 11, 2020.
  • The New Arrivals List is available for viewing!
  • We offer public WiFi access. Please inquire at the desk for the password.

Library Closure

Due to the current situation, the Library is currently closed until further notice. Please check

If you have items due, please hold onto your items on loan.
There is no drop-box available at this time.

Any overdue fines incurred during this time will not be charged. Once we are open, you have 3 weeks to return the items. After that, overdue fines will start incurring again. Any overdue fines that were charged before March 14, 2020 will remain until resolved.

There is no need to renew your items during this time. However, if you would like to and still can renew online, please feel free to do so.

If you have any hold items, they will be waiting for you after the library reopens.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the library at or 416-966-2935.


Online Resources for Japan-Related Reading Materials

While the library remains closed, we would like to encourage everyone to stay motivated and engaged by exploring for reading materials that are in Japanese or are Japan-related.

Check out the compiled list of online resources. Although the list is far from being complete, please feel free to explore and find the perfect reading material that matches your needs and interest. Find short stories, manga titles, audiobooks, magazines, and many more by clicking the image on the left!

*Last updated June 2, 2020



The JFT Library Book Club Online

Due to the current situation, we have moved our Book Club online!

Join our Book Club to interact with JFT staff and other library users and to share your thoughts about a book of your choice.

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

Please email the library at to reserve your seat.
Thank you for participating!

Book Tree Contest 2020

Winners of the Book Tree Contest will be announced after the library reopens. Thank you very much for your patience.

In the meantime, please feel free to view how our Book Tree blossomed over the course of 8 weeks!

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