Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 64: 135-175 (2010)

原著論文Original Article

東京市立日比谷図書館構想と設立経過論議から開館までThe planning and establishment process of the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library: From the planning stage to opening

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2010年5月18日Received: May 18, 2010
受理日:2010年10月6日Accepted: October 6, 2010
発行日:2010年12月20日Published: December 20, 2010




Purpose: The Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library was established in November 1908. The purpose of this study was to examine what ideas people had for the establishment of the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library, and to identify its planning and establishment process, the cost, collections and design.

Methods: Magazines, newspapers, government documents, and library bulletins from that period were investigated. This study also closely examined “The Construction Specifications for the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library” which was discovered by this study, and which provides information regarding the process of the establishment plans. The target period of this study was from 1900 to 1908.

Results: The major plans for the establishing the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library were divided into three plans,: the “Small Library Plot” by Heizo Ito, the “Large Library Plot” by Zenshiro Tsuboya, and the “Medium Library Plot” by Yukichi Terada. In July 1906, a budget was made by the Tokyo City Council to build a popular library. Initially the total number of books was to be 120,000, of which 100,000 belonged to the collection of “Dulce cor Library”. Sixty percent of the available books were in foreign languages. The library was built by Shiro Mitsuhashi. The library has a seating capacity of 400 people, and includes a fire-resistant book storeroom made from bricks, a children’s reading room and a women’s reading room. The construction specifications of the library were found in the articles in the magazine Kenchiku Sekai. At the time of its opening, the library was much larger than first planned, but the concept of it being a popular library for the citizens was achieved.

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