Library news:

  • JFT Library reopen from Thursday, July 29, 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.

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

Tuesday11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday11:30am-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.

JFT Book Club Online: Colorful by Eto Mori, moderated by Kris Kosaka


For our next JFT Book Club Online, we will be discussing Colorful by Eto Mori, guest author of Toronto International Festival of Authors 2021.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 4:30PM – 5:30PM (ET)

Please email the library at to reserve your seat.
A beloved and bestselling classic in Japan, Colorful tells the tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance in the body of a 14 year-old.

Colorful by Eto Mori is available for circulation on JFT OverDrive. 
To borrow a physical copy of the book, please request for pickup by emailing

Don’t forget to check out other events featuring Eto Mori, October 29 – November 18.

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


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: