Opening Hours:

The Shibuya Library is open before and after school for loans at the following times:

Mondays*, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 08:15 – 08:35

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 15:15 – 16:30

*Occasionally the library will be closed on Monday mornings due to Parents’ Information Meetings or PTA Meetings. Details will be in ‘The Lion’. Closure days: October: 29th and November 5th and 12th.

The Showa Libraries are open every day during lesson times. The Primary Library is also open during lunch times on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the Secondary Library every day during break and lunchtimes.


We ask for all library returns to be placed in the blue boxes as children come into school.

In Shibuya they are by entrances at the front and the back of the school.

In Showa they are inside on the stairs going up in the mornings. We would prefer for books to be returned this way rather than during lesson time as it frees us up to do more interesting activities rather than wasting time returning books during library sessions. Books can be renewed during any library session even if you do not have the book on you. All we need is to bring up your profile on the screen. If a library resource gets damaged while you are borrowing it, please do alert us so that we can repair it. Please do return all broken parts of magazines and books. Please do not throw them away. We will unfortunately be charging for lost or completely damaged books using the Amazon Japan rates.

Parents’ Loans: Books and Magazines

The Shibuya Library has an ever growing number of parents’ fiction and non-fiction books. The non-fiction books can be found in the main library and the fiction books are shelved in the little office at the back. The can be borrowed during any before or after school library sessions or during the Friday Morning PTA Coffee Mornings. The PTA also pays for subscriptions to the following magazine which you can borrow as well:

Australian Women’s Weekly (Australia)
BBC Good Food (UK)
Donna Hay (Australia)
Marie Claire (UK)
North and South (New Zealand)
OK! (UK)
Red (UK)

Some parents read them while waiting for their children on the blue leather sofa in the Shibuya Reception. You will find them on the left hand side on the grey trolley just as you enter the library. The newest editions are in the plastic folder with back issues in the boxes next to them. Parents’ Loans are for one term at a time though they can be easily renewed until June 2013.



The newly refurbished Secondary Library is open from 08:15-16:30 every day school day. Students are therefore free to use the library and borrow books before school, at snacktime, lunchtime and after school.

It is a light and vibrant space which is very much at the heart of the school and it is very popular with students of all ages.

We have a diverse range of books available for loan including resources specifically chosen by subject teachers and the latest entries in the Sakura Medal reading promotion.


Students can also access resources online via our ebook service ePlatform and thousands of digital periodicals through JStor and PressReader to which we subscribe.

A range of subject specific resources for students including reading lists, YouTube videos and links to useful websites can also be accessed via our LibGuides portal: