The Japanese collection has over 25,000 volumes and is one of the oldest Asian collections at Monash. Of significance is an archive of Japanese traditional music, which includes scores and sound recordings. The focus of the current collection is on the history of modern Japan, and on contemporary Japanese society, economics, literature and language.
English language materials for Japanese studies are held throughout the library, including on microfilm and microfiche. There are also many Japanese language videos and DVDs.
Japanese language resource material for use in the teaching of Japanese in schools is held in the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education Collection (MCJLE). This material is made available to teachers of Japanese language from across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and includes items such as kits, flash cards, electronic resources, readers and workbooks.
Accessing the Japanese collection
Go to the Japanese studies library guide for more detailed information about resources, including relevant databases, microforms, multimedia materials, journals, online resources, online tutorials, staff members and more. Use Search to find specific materials. For general searching use the Search “keyword anywhere” option and enter “Japan” plus other topic words that describe what you want. You can use the “Limit” function to limit your search results to Japanese language materials. Japanese language titles are romanised using the Hepburn system. The catalogue record for the item displays in both romanisation and Japanese script.