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Updated Conditions of Entry from October 7

The Japan Foundation library will reopen to visitors from October 14, 2021 (Thursday), with the gallery reopening from October 22, 2021 (Friday). There are now enhanced health and safety measures in place, in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order. Before visiting, please read our updated conditions of entry 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 your holiday reading
Limited time only

Until December 18 (Sat), the last library open day for this year, 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 is set to 31 January 2022.
  • Existing reservation requests on loaned items are cancelled, and new reservation requests will not be taken.

We also limit use of our visitor wifi up to 60 minutes.

Library Hatsumode (January 8, Sat)

Come and try some special new year activities. Grab an omikuji (fortune slip) and try mizu kakizome (magic water ink calligraphy) to express your artistry! You can also write a new year’s resolution on an ema (small wooden plaque) and tie it up to display on our tree. Hurry, these activities are only available for a limited time.

Yomikikase: Japanese Storytime for Children (January 29, Sat)

Japanese storytime setsubun

Our storytime event is back! Bring your children for a fun session of storytelling and craft-making at our library. The featured theme is Setsubun (Japanese winter’s end ceremony). Also included in the session will be a mamemaki (bean-throwing) activity to drive evils out of your home before the new season starts.

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.

Tadoku Online Resources

Would you like to keep your Tadoku reading while you stay safe at home?
We have listed some links to learner-friendly online readers in our Tadoku page. Enjoy!

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: 10am 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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