Library news:

  • JFT Library temporarily closed from Tuesday, October 13, 2021. Please see below for more details.
  • JFT OverDrive now available! Instantly borrow titles and start reading with a valid library card.
  • New Video Chat Support available from January 11, 2021. Click here to make a booking.
  • The New Arrivals List is available for viewing!
  • We offer public WiFi access. Please inquire at the desk for the password.

JFToronto Digital Library


Members of the JFT Library can now access and instantly borrow from our selection of ebooks and audiobooks by visiting JFT 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 the Library Card Application form, check “Renew Library Card” and send it to JFT Library at

For more information about accessing the JFT OverDrive, please visit

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

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- Bring Your Own Book


The JFT Library Book Club Online – Bring Your Own Book took place Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Thank you to all those who participated!

Check out the list of books discussed during our book club below, or download the full book list here!

TitleAuthorJFT OverDrive
Convenience Store WomanMurata, SayakaBorrow or Place a hold
EarthlingsMurata, SayakaBorrow or Place a hold
Echo on the BayOno, MasatsuguBorrow or Place a hold
Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic
Stories of Crime From and About Japan
Mamatas, Nick (editor)
and Masumi Washington (editor)
InhabitationMiyamoto, TeruBorrow or Place a hold
Real WorldKirino, NatsuoBorrow or Place a hold
Tokyo Ueno StationYu, MiriBorrow or Place a hold

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.

Check out this week’s new Staff Pick for Attack on Titan by ISAYAMA Hajime, post-apocalyptic sci-fi manga that became one of the bestselling manga hits of the decade.

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
Video Chat Support: