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Borrowing Library Books From Home

Author: Shaney Crawford, Issue: June 2004, Topic: Books

Did you know that you can get library books sent to your house (for a fee)? If you live far away from the library branches and the bookmobile routes, this may be a service you can use.

I have never used this service, so I am not sure exactly how it works, but here is a rough translation of the pamphlet from the library. If there are mistakes in the translation, I apologize.

Library books can be sent to you at home.

Anyone may make use of this service: elderly people, people with disabilities, people who live far from the library, people who don't have time to go to the library. If you are eligible for a library card in Tsukuba (you live, work, or study here), you may use this service.

Borrowing Items You may borrow up to five items (books, back issues of magazines, kami shibai materials) for a period of two weeks (15 days). Bookmobile books, videos, CDs, cassettes, comics, and current issues of magazines may not be borrowed this way.

Send your name, address, card number, and the names of the items you wish to borrow to the library by email, phone, or fax. The items will arrive by COD (cash on delivery), so you will have to pay the delivery person when the items arrive.

Fees Book fees: From 180 yen to 590 yen (Discounts are available for people with disabilities) COD fee: 20 yen Please note that if the package amounts to more than 3 kg, a different rate will apply.

Once the item has been sent, we will send you notice of delivery by email or fax. When you receive the books, pay the fees to the delivery person, and they will send a receipt to the library. If there is a problem with the items you receive, contact the library. The delivery person is not responsible for what is inside the parcel.

Returning the Items You can return the books by putting them back into the envelope they came in and sending them back to the library. The library's address is on the back of the card with your address. You can also return the books directly to the library, any of its branches, or the bookmobile.

If you cannot go to the post office to send the books back, you can arrange for the books to be picked up. You will have to pay a different rate (the small parcel rate, as opposed to the book rate). Be sure to use the correct envelope.

When the library has received the materials, notice will be sent by fax or email. Please note that the library will not consider the books returned until notice of receipt has been sent.


  • Once an order has been placed, it cannot be cancelled.
  • It is not possible to place books on reserve to be sent after they are returned by the current borrower.
  • You will be required to pay for damage to or loss of any books.
  • You are responsible for all materials borrowed with your card.

Tsukuba Public Library
Azuma 2-8, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0031
Tel: 029-856-4311

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 5pm

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