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New Saturday opening hours from April 2

From April 2, Saturday opening hours of The Japan Foundation, Sydney will be from 11am to 4pm. Incoming telephone calls may not be answered outside of opening hours. Saturday opening hours are also subject to change at short notice. Before visiting, please check the JPF Sydney website for any latest updates.
Our COVID-19 and visitor safety information can be found here.

  • Present proof of full vaccination (or medical exemption).
  • Check in at the service counter upon arrival.
  • Wear a face mask at all times while on the entire premises
  • Comply with posted notices to meet the standards of public hygiene and social distancing measures issued by government authorities.
  • View the exhibition in the gallery (from October 22, 2021).
  • Borrow items from our library.
  • Enter the reading room for browsing of books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Use public WiFi for up to 60 minutes.
  • Enter our premises if you feel unwell.
  • Use an AV booth.
  • Request reservations on loaned items.
  • Ask you to shorten your visit in the event that maximum capacity is reached, especially if you already have spent more than 60 minutes in our premises.
  • Ask you to queue, wait or come back later if rooms have reached capacity and it proves necessary.
  • Keep records of visitors for a minimum period of 28 days if you don’t use Service NSW QR code check-in. These records will only be for the purpose of tracking COVID-19 infections.

Come and visit our library which boasts over 19,000 Japan-related items. Our collection features a range of material including fiction, non-fiction, manga, DVDs, music CDs and extensive language resources.

Your loan quota has increased for the period of Covid-19 outbreak

Until further notice, the terms and conditions of the library loan services are altered as follows:

  • Free Card: Maximum of 7 items.
  • Paid Member: Maximum of 15 items.
  • Due date will be set to 30 June 2022.
  • Due date on existing loan items have also been set to 30 June 2022.

Suspension of newspaper and some magazine subscriptions

Due to restricted funding, the subscription of the following newspapers and magazines will discontinue at the end of March 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our valued users.

  • Nihon Keizai Shinbun
  • The Japan Times
  • Aera
  • Juniaera
  • Nihongogaku
  • Outdoor Japan traveler

As an alternate source of information, we would like to introduce PressReader, an e-magazines and e-newspaper platform that is available to NSW residents.
Please click here to download the instructions (PDF).

Nihongo Tadoku is back! (May 24)

Our Tadoku Reading Night is back after 9-month break!
We will use two rooms to ensure enough physical distance between the participants.

Bookings essential.

Samurai Armour Display (until May 28, Sat)

On show in our foyer is a life-size, full body samurai armour replica. Predominantly finished in black, with a fierce looking faceplate, gusoku-san will be sternly greeting visitors during May. Positioned in a seated pose, the top of the helmet reaches a height of 160cm. Photos are absolutely permitted.

Juvenile Reference Books on Japanese History and Culture

juvenile reading list 260 x 146

We have hand picked  a fun list of library books in English, curated to help you and your children learn more about Japanese history and culture.
We also recommend this to parent to assist in their children’s learning and homework.

Kid’s Reward Card

Receive one stamp for each of the following (once per day):
• Borrow one or more kid’s items
• Participate in a library mini event

Please note: Lost cards will not be replaced. For use by kids (grade 6 or less).

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Mon-Fri: 10am to 6pm
* Sat (from April): 11am to 4pm

Please check the conditions of entry before visiting.

Dates subject to change

An after-hours returns chute is located at the entrance of the library and available 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Access might not be available on retail holidays such as Christmas.

(02) 8239 0055

Banner photo: Brett Boardman

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