National Institute of Polar Research


Our Polar Collection is one of the best collections in the world

Library Director  Sakae Kudo

NIPR Library has one of the best Polar Collections in the world. Our polar collection includes expedition records, essays, and research reports that do not exist in any other library in Japan. The Library also contains many scholarly books and journals written in several languages (Japanese, English, Russian, to name a few). These collections included in the Polar Collection can be searched via the NIPR Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).


The Library is located on the ground floor (first floor) of a six-story building. The floor is composed of four areas and one room: the reading area, book area, bound journal area, current journal area, and rare book room. There are reading tables in each area. Each table is equipped with outlets to power and recharge your digital devices. You can use our networked PCs (for study and research purposes) and our copy machine. For more information, please visit our website:

Collections (as of April 1, 2018)
Books Japanese 10,357 28,052
Other languages 17,695
Booklet Japanese 1,947 3,560
Other languages 1,613
Bound Journals Japanese 3,560 27,906
Other languages 24,346
Digital Data   13,486 13,486
Total 73,004

The Library publishes two scholarly journals, “Antarctic Record” and “Polar Science”. Articles to be accepted cover all fields of polar science. These journals have a strong reputation internationally.
The Library also publishes “JARE Data Reports” and “NIPR Arctic Data Reports”, which are obtained from Arctic and Antarctic observation. “Antarctic Record”, “JARE Data Reports”, and “NIPR Arctic Data Reports” are available for download (free) from our website:

- Antarctic Record (Japanese and English)
- Polar Science (English) (Distributed for a charge)
- Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research
- JARE Data Reports
- NIPR Arctic Data Reports
- Antarctic Geological Map Series
- Special Map Series

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