In November 2012, the Ikebukuro library opened its doors after unifying four libraries located on the Ikebukuro campus. It can house more than two million books, has a large seating capacity for more than 1,530 people, and is one of the largest university libraries in Japan. The Ikebukuro Library offers strong support for learning, education, and research activities by meeting a diverse range of needs, combined with its ease of use.
The Niiza Library offers services for integrated learning and research, with a primary focus on the College of Tourism, the College of Community Welfare, the College of Contemporary Psychology, and various research subjects. It also functions as a depository library for the United Nations agency of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In addition to its quiet browsing areas, group study spaces were added in 2012 that are well-suited to the style of learning at the Niiza Campus. The campus also supports the local community by allowing Niiza citizens to use the library, etc.
Niiza Repository Library
A university library must collect books, maintain them, use them, and preserve them. Regarding the duty of preservation, Rikkyo University was the first in Japan to try a “repository library” strategy, and has gained significant attention for it. The Repository Library was built on the Niiza Campus in 1982. Today the Repository Library at Rikkyo University features a wealth of materials in storage, such as Episcopalian writings, approximately 80 thousand monographs collected in 1955 and earlier, periodicals (including US and European newspapers) released in 1970 and earlier, book sets, and reading materials that have hardly been used.
Although former "Rikkyo University Main Library" buildings are no longer used as a library since the opening of "Ikebukuro Library" in 2012, they are still used as "Rikkyo Gakuin Exhibition Hall" and "Mather Learning Commons".