Art Library Annex (Annex 1F)
General Information

*Please apply for admission at the Art Library on the third floor of the Main Building between 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:45. Upon applying for admission you will be able to access the Art Library Annex through the door on the right side of the Annex Building.

Open Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11:00-18:00
Requests for materials from the closed stacks until 17:00 (Service unavailable between 13:00-14:00)
Photocopy requests until 17:15 (until 16:30 for advance appointment materials)


Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
Year-end and New Year’s holidays
Facilities maintenance days
Other occasions when the Center is closed

Photocopying Services

We have provided facilities for photocopying materials in our collection, within copyright laws. Please fill out a photocopy request form and give it to the counter staff. After submitting the form, you may use the coin-operated photocopy machines. Fragile materials may be copied by the staff.

Per page fee Black and white: 30 yen, Color: 100 yen
Paper size A4, B4, A3
Photocopy requests until 17:15
Photocopy of materials to be photocopied by the staff: 11:00-13:00; 14:00-17:15
Advance appointment materials: 14:00-16:30

Advance Appointment Materials

Wednesdays and Thursdays 13:00-18:00 (must arrive before 16:00)
Please make a reservation up to seven days before your preferred date.

Making an Appointment
1. Search for your desired materials using the National Art Center’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).
2.For materials marked with “NACT(Reservation)- ○○” in the Location column in the OPAC results, click on the material location.
3. This will open the “Appointment page.“ Please read the displayed “Appointment terms and guidelines” text and click the “I agree to these terms” button to accept the terms.
4. This will open the “How to make a reservation for Advanced Appointment Materials” page. Here you can download the application form and fill in the appropriate information. We will begin processing your appointment after you submit the form via email, or at the Art Library counter. (The email address is shown on the application form.)
5. Please go to the Annex building directly and use the interphone at the door on the right side of the Annex Building to be admitted to the Art Library Annex on the day.
Materials available per one appointment A total of 5 books and exhibition catalogues
A total of 15 volumes of magazines or journals from a maximum of
5 different titles
Access limitation Materials marked with “NACT-ANX ○○ (Reservation)” in the Location column and “予約閲覧” in the Notes column in the OPAC results
Photocopy requests 14:00-16:30
Photocopy limits A total of 50 pages per time; a total of 100 pages in a single day
* If you have questions about advance appointment materials, please ask the counter staff.

Special Collection

For research or study purposes only, in addition to the openly accessible materials, the National Art Center, Tokyo's Art Library might make some materials from its special collection available. The following categories of materials may be viewed by making an appointment in advance.

To view these materials, please download and complete the appropriate application form, then send it via post. Processing applications may take additional time during our facilities maintenance days and the year-end and new-year holiday season.
Due to the physical condition of some materials, we may not be able to fulfill all appointment requests. Also, certain materials may require the submission of a separate form to request permission of associated rights holders (a permission request letter).

ANZAÏ Photo Archive
This is a collection of approximately 3,200 photos collected by art documentarian ANZAÏ Shigeo, who has been following contemporary art studios and installations, both in Japan and abroad, with his camera since 1970. For details on the archive, please review the photo list (Japanese Only). (Photo files are not available online to protect copyrights and portrait rights.)
Applying for access
An advance appointment is required. Please complete the appropriate application form and send it via post. Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the desired appointment date.
Please address applications to:
Special Collection Manager
Art Library, The National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-8558 JAPAN
Application Forms [Excel]/[PDF]
  • Please include two preferred appointment dates.
  • Up to 20 photos may be requested for a single appointment. No additional requests may be made on the day of the appointment. Please request photos using the “管理番号” (code number) included on the photo list.
  • To protect copyrights for the works portrayed and individual portrait rights, photocopying of the photographs is not allowed.
  • Please follow staff instructions on the day of the appointment.