Ichinoseki Library, conveniently located 5mins on foot from Ichinoseki Station's west exit, provides a relaxed environment for those who want to read, research or socialize. The library which opened in 2014 has a contemporary feel which is complemented by its functions.
The library works as an information hub. The staff are more than happy to help with all aspects of the library as well as assist in answering questions that you may have within your daily life. Interpretation devices can be found at counter 3 to aid in communication with staff.
To borrow books or other materials (such as DVDs and CDs), apply for a free library card that can be used at any of Ichinoseki's eight branch libraries (Ichinoseki, Daito, Hanaizumi, Senmaya, Higashiyama, Kawasaki, Murone and Fujisawa). You may also return books at any of these libraries, even if you borrowed them at a different library within the city. Books and other materials can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks at a time. To checkout, make your way to the self-checkout and place all materials you'd like to borrow on the glass pane, and then input the amount of materials you'd like to borrow on the screen. Finally, scan your card with the scanner.
A selection of fiction and non-fiction books for children through to adults are available in many languages. Japanese language learning materials can also be found. The library is currently seeking book recommendations to add to their foreign book collection.
Other functions include free public WiFi, charging ports, photocopying services, postage services for those with physical/mental disability and computer/internet service for research purposes (1hr with your card). A terrace overlooking cherry blossom trees is available to those who want to read or study in the fresh air.
If you're feeling peckish, Cafe Journal on the first floor is an excellent option. With a selection of drinks, savory foods and sweets, there's something for everyone. Although I could recommend everything on the menu, if I had to choose two things I'd go with the chai and the bagels! The lady who runs the place trained as a barista in Melbourne, Australia, so I'm sure the coffee is amazing too (I'm allergic so I haven't tried it)!
Business days/hours: Tuesday~Friday 10am to 8pm, Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10am to 7pm
Closed: Mondays (if Monday is a public holiday, and closed on the following day), 4th Thursday of every month, Dec 29~Jan 3