Library news:

Library Re-opening

We are pleased to announce that our library and gallery have reopened from Thursday, July 29, 2021.
The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our primary concern. The library and gallery will be open with reduced hours and modified services as below:

Reduced Library Hours

Monday11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm
Friday11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm


Returns and Pick-up services available only. All items* that are currently checked out will be due on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
To request library materials for pickup, please email For more information about services available at this time, please visit JFT Library Visitor Policy.

*Please note items that were already overdue when the temporary closure started are not included in this due date reset.

Registration, Visitor Guidelines, Safe Visiting:

All visitors must make a booking prior to visiting. Please read the visitor guidelines carefully to ensure the safety of yourself, other visitors and staff at JFT Visitor Policy.

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


JFT Book Club Online: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, moderated by Kris Kosaka


For the upcoming JFT Book Club Online, we will discuss Heaven (ヘヴン) written by Mieko Kawakami, the highly-acclaimed author of Breasts and Eggs (夏物語).

Thursday,  August 12, 2021 @ 4:00PM – 5:00PM (EDT)

Heaven by Meiko Kawakami is available for circulation on JFT OverDrive.  

Sign in with your library card to borrow or to place a hold. To get a new library card or to renew your existing card, please follow the instructions found here.

The event will be moderated by guest writer Kris Kosaka.

JFT Book Club Online: Manga – June 2021


The JFT Book Club Online: Manga took place Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)

Check out the list of books that were discussed and recommended by participants below or download the full list here.

See our collection of manga available to borrow on JFT OverDrive or our Online Library Catalogue to see if they are available for circulation at our library.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

3x3 EyesTakada, YuzoSeinen, Adventure, Romance
March Comes In Like a LionUmino, ChicaSeinen, Coming-of-age, Romance
Message to AdolfTezuka, OsamuSeinen, Historical
Natsume's Book of FriendsMidorikawa, Yuki Shojo, Supernatural
RealInoue, TakehikoSeinen, Sports
Sayonara Zetsubou-senseiKumeta, KojiShonen, Dark comedy
Witch Hat AtelierShirahama, Kamome Seinen, Fantasy

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.

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