Library at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to open on weekends in response to students’ request

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

On April 6, the library at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will begin keeping its doors open on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. Visitors will be able to read books and watch films on peace-related themes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the same hours as on weekdays.

The library, located in the basement of the east wing of the museum, holds about 58,000 books, magazines, and photo books on the atomic bombings and peace as well as DVDs and videotapes on these subjects. Some of these materials are available for loan.

Some student users had requested that the library remain open on weekends, and the museum responded by making the decision to expand its services. The library will increase the number of librarians from one to three to meet the needs of visitors.

The library first opened in 1974 on the second floor of the museum, which was then standing at the site of the current east wing building. In 1994, as soon as the east wing was completed, the library was moved to its basement.

The Outreach Division of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum said that it hoped more people will use the library for peace education. For further information, please call Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum at (082) 242-7828.

(Originally published on April 5, 2013)