The Kyoto Library

Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient

Nichi I kaikan 3F
Sakyôku, Yoshida Ushinomiyachô 4
Kyôto 606-8302, Japon
Tél : + 81 75 761 3946
Fax : + 81 75 761 3947

Most of the holdings in the Library of the EFEO Center in Kyoto consist of works collected by the researchers of the Hôbôgirin Institute between 1968 and 1997 - including the collections of Etienne Lamotte, Anna Seidel, and Hubert Durt. The library, containing some 6,500 volumes, is made up of works in Japanese (more than 3,000 vols.), in English and French (3,000 vols.), and in other Asian languages (mostly Chinese and Korean) specializing the religions of Asia - particularly Buddhism and Daoism.

The collection in the ISEAS library, located in the same building, holds a further 5,000 volumes, mainly in Western languages, covering various aspects of Japanese and Chinese studies. The library of the ISEAS is open to the researchers and readers from the EFEO Center, and vice versa.

Access and opening hours

From Monday to Friday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Books may be lended on request
The Kyoto centre
Head: Martin Nogueira Ramos

École française d'Extrême-Orient
Kitashirakawa bettô-chô 29, Sakyô-ku
606-8276 Kyoto
Tel: +81 75 701 0882
Fax: +81 75 701 0883
〒606-8276 京都市左京区北白川別当町29

〒606-8276 京都市左京区北白川別当町29

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Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 26 January 2022

As part of the Kyoto lecturesMatthew Shores (Université of Sydney) presents: "Rakugo as Variety Entertainment ⇆ Rakugo as Literature".

At 6pm (Japan time) on the Zoom platform. The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and the ISEAS website on the 14th.

Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan - Online, 19 July 2021

As part of the Kyoto lectures, DAIMARU Ken (Paris University) presents: "Health and Modern Warfare. Locating Medical History in Japan's Long Nineteenth Century".

19 July, 6pm (Japan time) in hybrid format or only on the Zoom platform. The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and the ISEAS website on the 27th.

Légende : Portrait of an injured Japanese soldier at the Liaoyang Stage Hospital (March 1905), archives of the Academy of Medical Corps of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 18 June 2021
As part of  the Kyoto lectures, Brian Ruppert (Kanagawa University) presents: "Scriptures and Their Deployment: Great Notes (Maka shō), Raishin’s Notes (Raishin shō), and the Sacred Works (Shōgyō) of Early Medieval Japan".

Friday, June 18, at 6pm (Japan time).