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Library and Information Science Paper (ID LIS064135)

The Planning and Establishment Process of the Tokyo Municipal Hibiya Public Library From the Planning Stage to Opening
No.64, p.135-175
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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” hich 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” y 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’reading room and a women’reading room. The construction specifis s cations 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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