Japanese books, language resources and films

  • Most of your books for Modern Languages will be located in Headington Library

    To find a book, use LibrarySearch on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. You can then limit your search results to books. 
    Print books have a call number which tells you where the book is shelved in the Library, for example 306.0952 VAR. If the book is on loan to another user or at one of our other libraries, you can put a hold on it. If it's on the shelves, it's quicker for you to go and get it yourself.
    If it’s an e-book, follow the 'View e-book' link to connect to it. Log in when prompted with your Brookes student number and password. 

    Useful guides

    Lists of resources to explore

    Reading lists

    Most reading lists for modules are available online via the relevant Moodle course. You can also search the full collection of reading lists or browse online reading lists for Japanese

  • Books and other resources for learning Japanese are shelved on Level 2 of the Library, in Zone E (silent study area). Here are some key sections:

    • Japanese language…495.6
    • Dictionaries (Japanese, Japanese/English)… 495.6321
    • Japanese grammar…495.65
    • Learning Japanese; Japanese language usage…495.68
    • Tell Me More: Japanese virtual language centre kit available to borrow from the Library…495.682421
    • Graded readers including the Brookes series Let's Read Japanese…495.686. For more details of Japanese literature, short stories & easy readers, see the section below.

    Freely available online: Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese


    Manga texts in translation are shelved around 741.5952 on Level 4 in Zone B. Browse this list Japanese films and manga to find out what series are available.

    Anime and feature films on DVD

    The Library holds a large collection of Japanese feature films and anime on DVD which you can borrow. To see if we have a particular film, check LibrarySearch for the title or director. You can filter your search results to DVDs if you need to. Alternatively, you can look at this list Japanese films and manga or browse the shelves on Level 4, Zone D around 791.430952 for Japanese feature films or 791.43340952 for anime.

    Box of Broadcasts

    Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is a service which gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own. Check this list Japanese films and manga for a selection of Japanese films available on BoB.

    Useful sources for research

    If you are looking for articles about manga or anime, Mechademia is a really useful journal and you can find lots more articles on the databases Performing Arts Periodicals Database and Art Full Text.