Library news:

  • Join JFT Book Club in person or virtually on Apr 18 to dive deep into TSURUTANI Kaori’s* Manga BL Metamorphosis – Experience power of manga forging connections across ages, genders, and cultures! *Special guest for the 2024 Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!
  • The New Arrivals List for April 2024 is available for viewing!
  • Discover the rich cultural tapestry of Ainu (Indigenous people in Japan) through our curated Library items, before/after the event Ainupuri: Giving Voice to Museum Objects on Monday, March 18!
  • Thank you for joining Book Tree! [Program period: Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, March 31, 2024] – Watch our video to see how our Book Tree is blooming!
  • JF Canada Digital Library now available! Instantly borrow digital items and start reading with a valid library card.
  • JFT Library is now open. Please see below for more details.
  • New Video Chat Support available from January 11, 2021. Click here to make a booking.
  • We offer public WiFi access. Please inquire at the desk for the password.

Library Visitor Policy

The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our primary concern.

The library and gallery are open with reduced hours and modified services as below:

Library & Gallery Opening Hours

Tuesday11:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:30am to 6:30pm
Friday11:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday11:30am to 4:30pm *Closed on select Saturdays

*Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Select Saturdays:
  Family Day weekend February 17-19,
  Easter Closure March 29- April 01
  Victoria Day weekend May 18-20

*JF Canada/USA Digital Library is available to residents of Canada and the USA 24/7



To apply for a new library card or renew your expired card, please fill in our Library Card Application Form online.

Visitors to Library are no longer required to make a booking or show vaccination status. All visitors are welcome to access shelves and study space. Pick-up and drop-off services continue to be available with prior notice. To request library materials for pick-up, please email

For more information about services available at this time, please visit JFT Library Visitor Policy.

JF Canada Digital Library

Enjoy digital items (ebooks and audiobooks) from our digital library without leaving the comfort of your home.

Members of the JFT Library can now access and instantly borrow from our selection of ebooks and audiobooks by visiting our digital library.

To log in, simply enter your library card number and PIN (last four-digits of phone number).

To apply for a new library card or renew your expired card, please fill in our Library Card Application Form online.

For more information about accessing the Digital Library, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

  • After April 2023, OverDrive, Inc is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app and transitioning users to the Libby app. If you are still using an OverDrive app, please make sure to switch to the Libby app by the end of April 2023. For details, please click here.
  • Effective from February 2023, The Japan Foundation Toronto’s digital library service has been
    renamed to The Japan Foundation Canada Digital Library with a newer Libby URL Current users will be able to continue to access an old Overdrive URL; however, a newer Libby browser provide better reading experience with updated features. For details, please click here.
  • Effective from March 3, 2022, The Japan Foundation Toronto’s digital library service has changed its URL. Current users will be able to continue to use our digital library without disruption. For details, please click here.
  • All video titles were removed from the Digital Library on September 1, 2022. For details, please click here.

About the JFT Library

The Japan Foundation Toronto Library is a public lending library for anyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture. It maintains a collection of over 20,000 Japan-related print and audiovisual materials in English, Japanese and French, emphasizing language study, art, literature, history and culture.
Click here to learn more about our collection and services.

Our catalogue is available online in web and mobile formats for you to browse at home. Registered users may renew their materials and place holds on items using our online account system: Click here to sign in.

Inquiries: 416-966-2935
Video Chat Support: