FLA students have full access to the University’s main library. The Sophia University Central Library holds over one million books and more than ten thousand different periodicals. The open stack system with a floor space of 18,000 square meters and the approximately 1,900 seats with Wi-Fi access offer an excellent study environment. The computer rooms equipped with printers and scanners and the “Learning Commons” room for group learning for presentations are conveniently located within the library. The library’s homepage is bilingual and navigation through the database system (OPAC)  is easy. With a Sophia ID students can use the interlibrary loan service, but also have access to public libraries and national university collections in Tokyo. The library's online databases, e-journals, and e-books can also be accessed from off-campus.

The Central Library is renowned for its large number of foreign language resources as well as the Christian Archive.
Typus orbis universalis. By Sebastian Münster, ca. 1550. (Kirishitan Bunko, Sophia University, MAP-1550-KB2)

Orientation Sessions

Several library orientation sessions are offered at the beginning of each semester in English and Japanese. In addition, professors often have librarians conduct sessions that accommodate the specific needs of their classes.