Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Contact details

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Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

About the library

The Lisa Sainsbury Library is one of the most comprehensive reference libraries for the study of Japanese art history and archaeology. Its collection covers major aspects of Japanese arts, cultures, archaeology, cultural heritage and architecture from general introductory level books to advanced study reference materials. The Library holds over 45,000 books dated from the 17th century to the present, and journals, exhibition catalogues and over 100 items of old maps, prints and other materials. Many of the old maps and prints can be viewed on-line. The Library is accessible free of charge and open by appointment to researchers interested in Japanese studies.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

Policy code


For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the Lisa Sainsbury Library's records in Library Hub Discover here.