Inter-Library Loans in Tsukuba
Tsukuba Public Library has a decent collection of foreign books. However, if you can’t find the book you are looking for, you may be able to obtain it from another public library in the prefecture by inter-library loan (ILL). You can make a request at the circulation counter and, if a copy of the book can be found in the system, the staff will call you when it arrives. (It may take up to one month to fill your request.) You can usually keep ILL books for up to two weeks. Please note that as of July 2007, you must return all overdue books to the library before you will be allowed to take out any new books, make reservations for books, or request books for purchase or ILL.
By the way, did you know that Tsukuba Public Library lent out more books than any other public library in the prefecture in 2006?
1st Tsukuba (1,224,193 books lent)
2nd Hitachi (1,186,905 books lent, 3 branches)
3rd Mito (1,118,564 books lent, 4 branches)
If you are looking for research-related books, have a look at this list of libraries in Tsukuba.