Takahashi City Library

Address 〒716-0039
1306 Asahimachi, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
TEL 0866-22-2912
FAX 0866-22-1115
Hours 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Days of Operation 7days a week
2F The library area has books on lifestyles such as cooking, homemaking, and travel,
in addition to materials on worklives such as business and IT.
The Tsutaya bookstore is equipped with a large selection of magazines and books with the latest information.
There is also a Starbucks Coffee where you can enjoy your favorite novel or magazine with a cup of coffee.
Furthermore, at the Takahashi Tourist Information Center, you can buy souvenirs and get information about tourism in Takahashi.
3F We have local materials and literature, as well as books on art, society, natural sciences, and education.
In addition to quiet spaces where you can relax and read, there are study and research rooms on this floor as well.
4F The library is filled with books and picture books for kids.
It is a space that can be enjoyed as a family.

Regional Libraries

There are regional libraries in various places in Takahashi city.

Address 〒716-0111
967 Nariwacho Shimohara, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
TEL 0866-42-2589
FAX 0866-42-2526
Hours 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Open Tuesday - Sunday
Closed Mondays
Dec.29 - Jan.3
Parking Available


Address 〒716-1321
3387 Ukancho Ukan, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
TEL 0866-42-2589
FAX 0866-42-2526
Hours 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Open Tuesday - Sunday
Closed Mondays
(Open if the Monday is a holiday. It will be closed the next day.)
Dec.28 - Jan.4
Parking Available


Address 〒716-0201
1822 Kawakamicho Jitou, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
TEL 0866-42-2589
FAX 0866-42-2526
Hours 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Open Weekdays
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Dec.29 - Jan.3
Parking Available


Address 〒716-0304
29-2 Bicchucho Fuka, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
TEL 0866-42-2589
FAX 0866-42-2526
Hours 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Open Weekdays
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Dec.29 - Jan.3
Parking Available


Traveling around Takahashi City. Please click the caption for details.

Takahashi Tourist Information Center

The Tourist Information Center is located on the 2nd Floor. Please click the caption for details.

2.Applying for a library card

▼Types of Library Card

①Library Card


②Library Card (T Card)

Tカード     Tカード

You must have a valid library card to check out books.
You may use either ① or ②.
If you use your T Card at the self-checkout machine, 3 T Points will be added per day.
T Cards are issued only at Takahashi City Library.
However, either cards can be used at Takahashi City Library, Nariwa Libarary, Ukan Library, Kawakami Library, Bicchu Library, and the Booksmobile.

▼How to Apply for a card
You need proper identification(eg Driver's License, something to show your ID and address) to apply.
If you do not have a photo ID, you may need invoices for utility bill forms.
Those who are under 12 years old must obtain the signature of their guardian.

・You must use your own library card to check out materials.
・The validity of the card is 5 years from the date of issue. (※1)
・If you lose your card or change your address or phone number, please contact the library as soon as possible.

 (※1) If you have an old library card, it is valid for 6 months from Feb. 4, 2017. Please make sure to renew your card before the 6 months are over. 

▼Handling of Personal Information
Personal Information of the library users submitted to the library shall be used solely for the purpose of library operations.
Check out records linked to personal information shall be deleted immediately from the system upon return. 

3.Applying for Okayama Prefectural Library Card

You can apply for an Okayama Prefecture library card at this library.
Anyone who resides, works, or goes to school in the Okayama Prefecture can apply for a card.
Please bring proper identification that can verify your current address.
When you make a reservation online, you can pick up and return material at this library.

4.Checking out materials

Bring material and your library card to the counter.
There are also self-checkout machines located next to the 3rd floor counter and the 4th children's floor counter.
You can check out materials by yourself following the instructions of the self-checkout machine.
When you use your T Card at the self-checkout machine, 3 T Points will be added per day.
There are some materials that cannot be checked out with the self-checkout machine. Please ask staff for assistance when checking those materials out.
Materials may be borrowed for the following number of days.

▼Number of materials and duration allowed to check out

Material No. of Materials allowed Duration
Books and magazines 10 2 Weeks
Audio-Visuals (AV) Material 3 2 Weeks
Total 13 2 Weeks

Some materials such as precious books, reference books, local material, most recent editions of magainzes and newspapers, can be read inside the library. 

When you wish to view/listen to AV materials, you can check out portable players only inside the library.
AV players usage is restricted to 3 hours per person per day, with maximum of 2 items.
Please use them at the designated areas.

5.Extending term of check-out

You may ask to extend the term of checkout at the library counter, library homepage, or by telephone.
If the book is not overdue, you can extend the checkout period only once for 2 weeks. 
If the book is overdue, you may not extend the checkout period.
In addition, you may not extend checkout period for the following materials:
・AV Material
・Materials checked out from other Cities
・Materials with a reservation

6.Returning materials to the Library


Please return borrowed books to the library counter during business hours. After business hours, please use the return box located at the 2nd floor entrance.
As for this library, you may use the following locations to return.

▼List of Return Locations within the City

MAP Return Locations Address Hours available for returns
1 Takahashi City Library 〒716-0039
1306 Asahimachi, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
24 Hours
2 Nariwa Library 〒716-0111
967 Nariwacho Shimohara, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
3 Ukan Library 〒716-1321
3387 Ukancho Ukan, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
24 Hours
(Use return box during after hours)
4 Kawakami Library 〒716-0201 
1822 Kawakamicho Jitou, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture 
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
(Days of operation only) 
5 Bicchu Library 〒716-0304
29-2 Bicchucho Fuka, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
6 Takahashi City Hall 〒716-8501
2043 Matsubaradori, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
24 Hours
7 JR Bicchu Takahashi Station (West Entrance, East Entrance) 〒716-0039
1317-2 Asahimachi, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
8 Polka Tenmaya Happy Town Shopping Center 〒716-0045
1084-1 Nakabaracho, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
9 You Me Town Takahashi 〒716-0061
1700 Ochiaicho Abe, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
10 Tsugawa District Community Center 〒716-0002
1801-1 Tsugawacho Imazu, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
8:30 A.M. - 5:15 P.M. (Everyday excluding weekends, holidays, and New Years)
11 Kawamo District Community Center 〒719-2121
2212-1 Kawamocho, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
12 Kose District Community Center 〒716-1311
4864-1 Kosecho, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
13 Nakai District Community Center 〒719-2402
3158 Nakaicho Nishigata, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
14 Tamagawa District Community Center 〒716-0052
1550 Tamagawacho Tama, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
15 Uji District Community Center 〒719-2232
1690 Ujicho Uji, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
16 Matsubara District Community Center 〒716-0067
669-1 Matsubaracho Haruki, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
17 Takakura District Community Center 〒719-2122
4532-2 Takakuracho Tai, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
18 Ochiai District Community Center 〒716-0061
2303-2 Ochiaicho Abe, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture
19 Nariwa area Fukiya Contact Center 〒719-2341
838-2 Nariwacho Fukiya, Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture

▼On returning AV material

You may not use the return box to return any AV materials. This is to prevent the materials from getting damaged.
Please return all AV materials to the library counter.
Upon return, please make sure all contents are there, including commentaries if there were any present at check out.
Please rewind the videotapes when returning. Your cooperation is appreciated.

▼Your return date is overdue

If your material is overdue, you will be contacted via phone or email.
If you still do not return the material, a reminder will be sent out.
Depending on the situation, your library card may be deactivated.

7.Services at the Takahashi River Basin libraries

We offer interlibrary service between the following 7 cities and 3 towns of the Takahashi river basin regions: (Takahashi,  Niimi, Soja, Hayashima, Kurashiki, Yakage, Ibara, Asakuchi, Satosho, and Kasaoka)
Residents of the Takahashi River Basin Region can return materials checked out from any of the libraries listed above to the Takahashi City Library.
In the case that you use this service, please return materials at the every library counter.

8.Return by parcel-delivery service


You may return the material from your house by parcel. Delivery charge is 500 Yen anywhere all over Japan.
We will hand you a black bag with a designated invoice at the 2nd floor counter.
When registered, you will receive an invoice and bag.
When returning cheeked out materials, enclose books in the bag and contact Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. for collection or take the bag to the nearest convenience store (agent for Yamato Transport) or regional office of Yamato Transport.
Please note, you cannot return large materials that will not fit into this bag.
Please ensure that checked out books will be returned to the Library on or before the due date.

9.Searching for materials


The Takahashi City Library is equipped with searching devices (iPad) at various places.
You can search by title/author,  printed out receipt will show you where the material is located.
You may also search for materials from your PC at your house by accessing the Takahashi City Library Homepage.
Please do not hesitate for help.


Daily newspapers may be viewed at the 3rd floor. Copies may not be made.
Please come to the 3rd floor counter to copy past newspapers.

NO Newspaper Titles
1 The Sanyo Shimbun
2 The Asahi Shimbun
3 The Chugoku Shimbun
4 Daily Sports
5 Nikkan Sports
6 Nikkei MJ
7 The Nikkei
8 The Japan Agricultural News
9 The Mainichi Shimbun
10 The Yomiuri Shimbun

▼view the list

※We have Sanyo Shimbun issues from 1954.
However, we are missing the 1956 April, 1958 August, and 2014 August 16th -31st issues.

The newest edition can only be viewed, but you can reserve it when the next has been published. Back issues may be checked out.

NO Magazine Titles Publication Frequency Contents
1 Inakakurashino Hon Monthly Hobbies
2 ESSE Monthly Home
3 NHK Kyouno Kenkou Monthly Home-Health
4 NHK Kyouno Ryouri Monthly Home-cooking
5 NHK Syumino Engei Monthly Hobbies-Gardening
6 NHK Sutekini Handmade Monthly Hobbies
7 Osera 4 times a year Town-Regional Magazine
8 All Yomimono Monthly General-Literature/Novels
9 Orange Page Twice a Month Home- Lifestyle
10 Kurashino Techou Bi-Monthly Home- Lifestyle
11 Geijutsu Shincho Monthly Hobbies- Art/Photography
12 Gekkan Town Jouhou Okayama Monthly Town- Regional Magazine
13 Gekkan Bunkazai  Monthly Specialty- All other speciality magazines
14 Kodomono Tomo Monthly Children-Students/Infants
15 Sarai Monthly General-Literature
16 Weekly Asahi Weekly General-Literature
17 Shukan Shincho Weekly General-Literature
18 Shukan Bunshun Weekly General-Literature
19 Shousetsu Gendai Monthly General-Literature/Novels
20 Shousetsu Shincho Monthly General-Literature/Novels
21 Sports Graphic Number Twice a Month Hobbies
22 Sekai Monthly General-Literature
23 Tabino Techou Monthly Hobbies-Traveling/Trains
24 Da Vinci Monthly General-Literature
25 Tamago Club Monthly Home-Child Care
26 Haikukai Monthly General-Literature/Essays, Tanka, Haiku
27 Hiyoko Club Monthly Home-Child Care
28 Fujin Koron Twice a Month Women- Women's Education
29 PLUS1Living Bimonthly mook- Home
30 Bungei  Shunshu Monthly General/Literature
31 Misses Monthly Women- Women's Education
32 MORE Monthly Women- Fashion
33 Rekishi Kaido Monthly Specialty- All other speciality magazines

▼view the list

11.Damaged/lost materials

If you lose or damage libarary materials, we may ask you for the new copy or a compensation.
For lost AV materials, the price may cost more than the market price.

12.Making a reservation/request

When you have trouble finding a book, or when it is checked out, you can reserve it.
Each person may reserve up to a total of 13 items: 10 books and 3 AV materials
Please come to the library counter for this service.

We will notify you when it is ready. Please come to a library of your choice within 7 business days.
At the Takahashi City Library please pick up at the 3rd floor counter.
In case that you reserved to pick up from the Booksmobile, only then will you have 14 days for pick up.
If you do not come to pick up within the given times, your reservation will be cancelled.

You can also reserve material from Takahashi City Library Website.
Please log into your MYPAGE, and search materials from the "Search" section.
To log into MYPAGE, you need a password, so please come to the library counter.

Materials from regional libraries can also be checked out from this library. Please feel free to contact library staff.
AV material is limited to what is available at each library

Only residents of Takahashi can request for books to be purchased by the library.
We apologize in advance for not accommodating to all your requests.

13.Logging into the library website

The Takahashi City Library website has been renewed since 2/4/2017
You may access the website via PC or smartphone.

▼Registering your MYPAGE
The new website will provide you with a MYPAGE, and here you can reserve materials, extend terms to return, and receive info.
Logging in is not necessary to search, but a password is necessary to log into MYPAGE.
A temporary password will be issued when you submit the paperwork along with your library card.
The temporary password is valid for 1 month. Please set your password within a month.
Please use symbols such as 「@!#$%&」.
When you forget your password, or cannot access the website, please come to the library counter.
※We advise you to change your password every so often.

14.Internet service (iPad)

Internet service is free for your convenience. We will lend out iPads.
You can use the iPad for up to an hour.
Anybody with a library card may use this service.
Please come to the 3rd floor counter for this service.
Please be aware, you may NOT send e-mails, watch CD-ROMs, use floppy discs or print out websites.
※People under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

15.Free Wi-Fi service

The Takahashi City Library is equipped with free Wi-Fi.
You may use Wi-Fi for 120 minutes, up to twice a day.
Select  (SSID)「TAKAHASHI-LIBRARY_Wi-Fi」 to log in.
Enter your personal e-mail address and you are set.
If there is no login for a long time, you must re-login.
The password is posted in the building.

Furthermore, power outlets are provided on the 3rd floor. You may use your PC, smartphone, etc there.
However, in some seats, PC usage is restricted. We appreciate your cooperation.

16.Reference Service

The library staff is available to answer questions.
Reference service not only helps you find library materials, but will assist you in finding educational materials for research and experiments.
This service is available at the counter and via telephone or letters.
If the original cannot be acquired, copy services are available. (Copy charge and/or shipping charge may apply)
Please feel free to contact library staff. Reference service is available at the 2nd and 3rd floor counter.
However, we cannot answer the types of questions below.

These may not be answered
・School homework, questions regarding school exams.
・Expertise fields such as Medicine and drugs, Medical, law, and patents
・Life problems, personal problems.
・Arts and crafts appraisal
・Investigation and research reports, translations
・Questions regarding personal privacy, violation of human rights.
・Other questions that the library decides not to answer.

17.Copying service

To copy, please fill out the "Copy Service Request" form and bring to the staff along with the material you wish to copy.
Copy requires fees.

▼Copying Service Charge

The copying machines are located on the 3rd floor counter.
There may be a restriction on what can be copied as far as new magazines, newspapers and some CDs. Please ask staff.

18.To persons with physical disabilities

There is a multipurpose restroom located on the 2nd floor. Please feel free to use it.
We can also provide wheelchairs, reading magnifying machines, reading glasses and writing boards.
In addition, we have large print and braille books. Please feel free to ask for assistance for these materials.
If you are hard to read letters, we read books you would like to one-on-one for you.
Please ask staff for details.

19.To those with young children

Strollers are available at the 2nd floor lobby.
On the 4th floor, there are children's restrooms. Please feel free to use them.
At the 4th floor children's library, you can read out loud.
Volunteers do periodic book readings.  Free of charge to participate.


The Takahashi City Library holds many events such as book fairs and workshops,
talk shows and a variety of different types of lectures.
Details will be posted on monitors in the building and on the Takahashi City Library website.

21.Rules on eating and drinking

Only plastic bottles and containers with lids can be brought into the designated areas. (Some exceptions apply)
Foods and drinks bought at Starbucks may be consumed at the  designated areas.
Food may not be eaten inside the library. Please eat at the Terrace located on the 4th floor.  

22.Rules on taking photos

To insure the privacy of the users, taking photos insdie the library is prohibited.
There are designated areas that photography is allowed.
Please ask staff for details.

23.Visits and Tours

The Takahashi City Library accepts visits and tours by the administration, parliaments, universities, etc.
For administrative officials and congressional officals, please contact the Takahashi City Board of Education and the Takahashi City Council Office, respectively.
All others, please directly contact the Takahashi City Library.

Takahashi City Board of Education TEL:0866-21-1514  FAX:0866-21-1510
Takahashi City Council Office TEL:0866-21-0277  FAX:0866-22-9688
Takahashi City Library TEL:0866-22-2912  FAX:0866-22-1115

24.Other Cautions

・Do not talk on the phone. Please keep your phone on "silent mode".
・In the studying room, any type of device including PC, iPads and smartphones must not make any sounds.
・Pets are prohibited inside the library. Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and assistance dogs are allowed.
・If you lose or destroy library material, you may be subjected to a fine.
・Do not leave behind belongings for an extended amount of time. We may remove your items in the case of long term absence.
・There is a limit to parking space. Please use commercial transport as much as possible.

【Contact Information】 TEL:0866-22-2912 FAX:0866-22-1115
To contact the tourist information center, please visit Takahashi Tourist Information Center page.