Japan Resources at the UW

Library Resources

Library Collections

The University of Washington houses robust collections related to Japan. At over 162,000 volumes, the Japanese collection at the UW East Asia Library is one of the largest in the country. Materials include reference books, monographs, periodicals, databases, maps, course books, microfilm, microfiche, videos and DVDs. All areas in which teaching and research take place at the university are well represented and materials in western languages relating to Japan studies are located throughout the university library system.

Additionally, the East Asian Law Department at the UW School of Law’s Gallagher Law Library in W.H. Gates Hall manages one of the most extensive Japanese law collections in North America, and provides over one hundred current print law journals and a variety of research monographs on law. Also available is the online service Westlaw Japan for full-text decisions of Japanese courts. Visit Japanese Law A-Z, the online guide to resources available at the Law Library.

Please check the following website links for more information.

East Asia Library

Law Library – East Asian Law Department

UW Library Guide – JAPAN


East Asia Library Tadoku (多読) Collection

The East Asia Library hosts a collection of Tadoku books. Tadoku books are designed for all levels of Japanese learners and provide an excellent means of improving Japanese literacy through the enjoyment of reading. There is also a Tadoku Club that meets every Friday at 2:00 P.M. in the EAL.

Please check the UW Tadoku webpage for more details and a list available volumes.