Main Library (Matsue) 
A Basic Guide to Material
Medical Library (Izumo) 
A Basic Guide to Material

Main Library 


The Main Library holds about 656,000 books, that are arranged according as Nippon Decimal Classification (NDC) .


1st Floor (Map
Yellow zone of the Map
Newly arrived books
*Newly arrived books are placed this corner for almost 1 month, and after that, they are moved to each allocated place.
Popular magazines *in-library use only
Newspapers (held for 2-3months) 
*Newspapers will be moved to the 5th floor stack 2-3 months later.

Green zone of the Map
General books (written in Japanese language) 
General works (000) /Philosophy (100) /Histories (200) /Social Science (300-329) 
Reference books (Dictionaries/Year books/White books/Catalogs) *in-library use only
General works (000) -Social science (300-329) 

Blue zone of the Map
Academic journals *in-library use only

General books (written in Japanese language) 
General works (000) /Philosophy (100) /Histories (200) /Social science (300~365) 
Academic Journals (written in Japanese language) *in-library use only
2nd Floor (Map
Reading Room
General books (written in Japanese language) 
Social Science (330-399) /Natural Science (400) /Technology. Engineering (500) Industry and commerce (600) /The Arts. Fine arts (700) /Language (800) /Literature (900) 

Reference books (Dictionaries/Year books/White books/Catalogs) *in-library use only
Social Science (330-399) -Literature (900) 

Textbooks of primary school and junior high school, Picture books, Textbooks of The Open University of Japan

Pocket Books (New Publication) 

AV Room (Audio Visual Material) 
DVD, VIDEO, etc. *in-library use only
There are 2 types of compartment: individual booths and booths for a group (2-3 people) .
Please bring a case of material which you want to watch the Service Desk with your Shimane University ID card.

Micro Material Room
Micro film and Microfiche *in-library use only
Hearn Bunko, micro films owned by Toyama University. (A Large Collection in 1988) *in-library use only

General books (written in Japanese language) 
Social science (330-399) /Natural cience (400) /Technology. Engineering (500) Industry and commerce (600) /The arts. Fine arts (700) /Language (800) /Literature (900) 
Pocket Books (Old Publication) 
3rd Floor (Map
Local Collection Room
Local materials
Material about Shimane Prefecture (Archaeological site reports in Shimane Prefecture is included.) 
Catalogue of local mateirals *in-library use only
Related materials of Koizumi Yakumo

University Bulletin *in-library use only

Special Material Room 1
Kuwabara Bunko, Historical material of villages around Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, etc. *in-library use only

Special Material Room 2
Unno Bunko, Hori Bunko, Adachi Bunko, Shomono, etc. *in-library use only
4th Floor Stack
Collection of Matsue high school under the old system of education and Normal school
5th Floor Stack
White paper, Year book, Statistics *in-library use only
Old newspapers (Original edition) , Reduced‐size edition of newspapers *in-library use only
Collection of Matsue District Court in Meiji Period *in-library use only
Whole Precedents of The Federal Court of Justice (Germany) (A Large Collection in 1980) *in-library use only
Compilation of French Law (JURIS-Classeurs) (A Large Collection in 1992) *in-library use only
Official Gazette, Minutes of the Diet *in-library use only
6th Floor Stack
Takezaki Bunko, Amano Bunko, Tanaka Bunko, Onodera Bunko *in-library use only

7th Floor Stack
Collection of Shimane Agricultural University
Archaeological site reports in Japan, except Shimane Prefecture.
Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan is useful to retrieve archaeological site reports in Japan. (This site is written in Japanese but english version is also available.) 
Doctoral dissertation *in-library use only
Book bound in Eastern style *in-library use only
8th Floor Stack
Yingyin Wenyuange Siku Quanshu (Photofacsimile Reprint of the Wenyuan Pavilion Copy of the Imperial Collection of Four) (A Large Collection in 1985) *in-library use only
Textbooks *in-library use only


Daichidoron, Shihon-Bokusho: written on paper with Indian ink, is the annotated edition of Makahannya-haramitu-kyo in Ishiyama-dera-issai-kyo which is transcribed in A.D.734. It consists of 100 volume and Shimane University Library holds two books: vol.62 (rolled book) and vol.67 (folding book). In A.D.858, Haku-ten, a kind of punctuation mark for translating Chinese into Japanese, was added to the text; it is valuable historical material to know how they did the translation in that era. 
Daichidoron was designated as Tangible Cultural Properties of Shimane Prefecture in 1966.

Letters from Yakumo Koizumi (Lafcadio Hearn)
This collection consists of 45 autographic letters from Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) to Sentaro Nishida (1862-1897). Nishida was a head teacher of Matsue junior high school where Hearn worked as an English teacher. Hearn exchanged many letters with Nishida even after moving from Matsue to Kumamoto, Kobe and Tokyo. 
The friendship with deep trust between Hearn and Nishida lasted until Nishida passed away. The letters are the core of Lafcadio Hearn collection in Shimane University Library.

Certificate of merit, confirmed by von. Siebold
A doctor Sunao Nishiyama who is from Ogiwara-mura, Kando-gun (Currently, Ogitochi-cho, Izumo-shi) studied medical science at Narutaki-juku in Nagasaki from 1825 through 1826. Shimane University Library holds diploma to Nishiyama from Siebold, given by Choan Minato (leading disciple), Tahan-tsukan-jo (Passport to go through other Han) to Nagasaki and Shumon-sho-jo (Attestation of religious sect register). The similar graduated certificate was only left at Waseda University (given to Taian Oka) and at Siebold Memorial Musuem (given to Ryosai Ko).

Yingyin Wenyuange Siku Quanshu (Photolithographic Reprint of the Wenyuan Edition of the Complete Library of Four Treasures)
A Series of Large Collection Purchased in 1985
Siku Quanshu is the largest collection of Chinese classics; the compilation project was initiated by Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty of China. Enormous books had been collected throughout the Chinese land from 1772 to 1781, the books were classified under 4 branches: Jing (経: Classics), Shi (史: Histories), Zi (子: Masters) and Ji (集: Collections). “Siku Quanshu” was replicated into 7 manuscript copies, and one of those was stored at Wenyuange in the Forbidden City, Beijing.
Though others were also stored at 6 place in China, most of those were burned away and lost by wars such as First Opium War. In 1949, the collection of Wenyuange was moved to the National Palace Museum in Taipei. In 1983, Taiwan Shangwu Yinshuguan started publishing the photolithographic reprint. Yingyin Wenyuange Siku Quanshu, 1500 volumes collection, comprises 3457 kinds of books with 79000 volumes, it is a great national asset of China.

Plan of Matsue Castle Town in Horio Period.
< 1620-1633, 141×117cm >
In 1611, the castle and the town of Matsue were completed by the ruler Yoshiharu Horio. This plan is inferred from description that it was drawn approximately from1620 to 1633. It is valuable material to analyze the beginning of town planning and an intention of constructing the castle town in early Edo period, and it is one of the most important material of antique plan collection of Shimane University Library.

Map of the Province of Izumo in Genroku Period.
< Copied in 1710, 182×182cm >
Tokugawa shogunate ordered every daimyo (feudal lord) to prepare maps to hand in which describe the geographical feature and feudal clans of each provinces. In the province of Izumo, Yoshito Matsudaira prepared the original map in 1701 and carried that to Edo, where painter designated by shogunate government made a fair copy of original map.
The fair copy was presented to shogunate government in 1702; it has been lost. However, the map which is presumed to be the original map was found in 1998. Shimane University Library holds a map presumed to be the manuscript copy of the original (prepared in 1701) which is purchased from a secondhand bookstore in 2009.
It describes the Izumo province in Genroku period correctly, with village number of each districts, rice yield and the name of Shogoro Matsudaira: the 5th feudal lord of Matsue Nobusumi Matsudaira (Dewanokami).

Map of the Province of Izumo in Kan-ei Period.
< 1633, 97×134cm >
Tokugawa shogunate ordered to submit the map of each province for 5 times (Keicho, Kan-ei, Shoho, Genroku and Tenpo: another theory says not 5 times but 3times). In Kan-ei period, the map was drawn for the 1st dispatch of Junkenshi (administrative inspection). Though the original map which was presented to shogunate government has been lost, but some handwritten copies have been handed down. Some copies were manuscripts of the original, others were manuscripts of the copy (secondary manuscript); this map is considered as a secondary manuscript.

Map of 12 Districts in Izumo Province
< 1636, 93×107cm >
This map was not prepared by order from the shogunate government but was prepared as a part of a chorographic project of Izumo province independently, the painter was Tamenobu Kano (Juemon-no-jo). It shows a plan of flood control by Tadataka Kyogoku, the feudal lord succeeded Matsue province in 1634, after Tadaharu Horio (the former feudal lord) passed away.
12 districts consist of Ou, Nogi, Shimane, Aika, Tatenui, Izumo, Kando, Iishi, Nita, Ohara, Lake Nakaumi (Tema no Kori) and Lake Shinji (Kaze no Kori).

Plan of Matsue Castle Town in Matsudaira Period. (Kuwabara Collection)
< 1825-1851, 39.5×49.8cm >
In 1638, Naomasa Matsudaira who was a grandson of Ieyasu Tokugawa succeeded Matsue domain after the Horio family and the Kyogoku family. The plan is presumed to be drawn approximately from 1825 to 1851 which provides the shows information of Matsue Castle Town during the latter part of the Edo period, especially places of offices in charge of industries buttressed by the Matsue domain for an administrative reform.

Kuwabara Collection
Yojiro Kuwabara who was born in Matsue and is renowned as a foreseeing social worker in Meiji period and as a researcher of art craftworks such as Ukiyo-e Painting and Chasing; the collection consists of books he collected and wrote, 3083 books in total.
Though the main collection is local material, it covers a lot of fields.
Especially, Izumo-No-Kuni-Fudoki-Sho by Sakuji (Tokiteru) Kishizaki, Matsue-Han Chihou-yaku (local officer). A unit called "Yome-Iri-Bon" includes Utasho/Kasho, Izumo-No Kuni-Meisho-Kashu and Kuni-Ezu, an official local map, and other old maps, the wife of Matsue feudal lord brought when she married.

Hori Collection
Hori Collection consists of novels created in Edo period, 1818 books in total, collected by Yoshikiyo Hori (Tsuwano-cho, Shimane) Most of the collection consists of “Yomi-Hon” (読本: Reading Book)(Printed Book) and "Jitsuroku” (実録: Documentary) (Manuscript Copy). Hori family is renowned for its large scale of a mining management in early Edo period and they brought up local industries and education since Meiji period. Books in Hori Collection was distributed thorough a rental library which did business in Tsuwano-cho from Edo period to Meiji period; they were bequeathed to the family. It is rare that books of a certain rental library were bequeathed as a unit.

Other Collections
Takezaki Collection
Agricultural materials, approximately 17,000books, which were collected by Yoshinori Takezaki who was a doctor of agriculture and an ex-president of Shimane Prefectural Shimane Agricultural College.

Tanaka Collection 
Materials of agriculture and economic history, approximately 8000 books, which were collected by Fusataro Tanaka who was an ex-head of the Hatta branch of Shimane Agricultural Experiment Station.

Unno Collection 
Japanese and Chinese books, approximately 1061 books, which was housed by the Unno family and materials collected by Akiyuki Unno who was the first professor of school of Hirose domain.

Amano Collection
Agricultural materials, approximately 485 books, which were collected by Yoshio Amano who was a professor and a chief of the farm attached to Shimane Prefectural Shimane Agricultural College.

Adachi Collection
Educational, literary and local materials, which were collected by Sei Adachi, the local historian who was from Sakaiminato-shi.

Collection of Matsue District Court in Meiji Period
Jurisprudential books and materials of precedent in Meiji period, about 1124 books, which were donated by Matsue District Court.

Historical materials of villages around Iwami Silver Mine
It consists of 3 collections:

1. Documents Housed by the Kumagai Family in Omori-cho, Ohda-shi 
< 731 items, 1762-1918 >
The collection of the Kumagai family who served as Kakeya (Moneychanger) and Yotashi (Purveyor to the government) of Omori Daikanjo (Office of a local administrator) which administered the fief of the Tokugawa Government attached to Iwami Silver Mine.

2. Documents Housed by the Sakane Family in Oshihara, Kawai-cho, Ohda-shi
< 757 items, 1707-1869 >
The collection of the Sakane family who served as a hereditary head of a village in Oshihara-mura, which functioned as supplier of materials, such as timber and coal, called Ginzan Okakoi Mura supplied timber to support the tunnel of mine and Sumikata Mura served wood charcoals.

3. Documents Housed by the Hayashi Family in Isotake-cho, Ohda-shi
< 606 items, 1539-1893 >
The collection of the Hayashi family which was a shipping agency and served as Kurayado (A merchant who takes charge of “keeping” and “receipts and disbursements” of rice stipend). In addition to including documents in the Warring States period such as Kanjo (感状: A certificate of merit) by Motonari Mori and Takamoto Mori, the most part is the document in the latter part of Edo period, such as Goyodome (御用留: An official document), Shokaisen-Kyakucho (諸廻船客帳: A list of a name, symbol, number and name of a crew of the ship in port) of Oura port and documents related to Isotake-mura Kamigumi Shoya.

Illustrated Farm Implement in Shimane Prefecture (Tanaka Collection)
In Meiji period, the government promoted industries with “A Policy of Increase Production and Promote Industry”; a detailed material of farm implements and a state of agriculture in that time was compiled by Shimane prefecture and was sent to the 2nd National Industrial Exhibition in 1881. This material is considered as a manuscript of the exhibit. It is valuable material, together with Gyoryozukai (魚漁図解: Illustrated Fishing Gear in Iwami, Izumo/ Illustrated Fishing Gear in Inaba and Hoki), to study in various fields such as local industries, local customs, etc.

Illustrated Fishing Gear in Iwami, Izumo/ Illustrated Fishing Gear in Inaba, Hoki
It explains about various fishing methods in an area from Tottori to Iwami, Izumo with minute colored-illutrations. The sets of pictures and interpretations count 164; that show fishing methods in San-in area before modernization of Japan. This material is considered as a manuscript of the exhibit, it was compiled by Shimane prefecture, which was sent to the 2nd National Industrial Exhibition together with Illustrated Farm Implement in Shimane Prefecture. Though the original has been lost, Tokyo National Museum holds the copy of the exhibit.

Medical Library


Guide to Books (Map
The Medical Library holds about 121,000 books.
Medical books, the most part of collection, are arranged according as 
National Library of Medicine classification, NLM classification (NLMC) .
Other Books are arranged according as Nippon Decimal Classification (NDC) .

Medical and Nursing Books
NLMC (National Library of Medicine Classification) 4th Edition Outline
QS Human Anatomy WG Cardiovascular System
QT Physiology WH Hemic and Lymphatic System
QU Biochemistry WI Gastrointestinal System
QV Pharmacology WJ Urogenital System
QW Microbiology and Immunology WK Endocrine System
QX Parasitology WL Nevours System
QY Clinical Pathology WM Psychiatry
QZ Pathology WN Radiology
W Medical Profession WO Surgery
WA Public Health WP Gynecology
WB Practice of Medicine WQ Obstetrics
WC Communicable Diseases WR Dermatology
WD100 Nutrition Disorders WS Pediatrics
WD200 Metabolic Diseases WT Geriatrics. Chronic Disease
WD300 Immunologic Diseases. Hypersensitivity. Collagen Diseases WU Dentistry. Oral Surgery
WD400 Animal Poisoning WV Otorhinolaryngology
WD500 Plant Poisoning WW Ophthalmology
WD600 Diseases and Injuries Caused by Physical Agent WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities
WD700 Aviation and Space Medicine WY Nursing
WE Musculoskeletal System WZ Histroy of Medicine
WF Respiratory System  


Guide to Journals
Medical Library holds about 4,000 journals; academic journal is devided into 3 places, according as each publication year.


Guide to Newspapers
Newspapers are placed at the 1st floor entrance hall.
The back issues are stocked for 3 months.


Other Guide
Reading room is divided into various areas: Reference books, Newly arrived books, Books related to tutrial, Multimedia and Books for nursing training.
Video, CD, CD-ROM and DVD can be watched in Video Room on 1st floor.
Omori Collection is placed in Omori Collection Room on 2nd floor; Seito Collection is holded in a stack on 3rd floor.
If you have an question, please ask a counter staff without any hesitation.


Omori Collection
The historical collection of the Omori family in Yasugi-shi, the most part is 600 old medical books. In the latter part of Edo period, Taisuke Omori visited the Hanaoka family in Kishu (Shun Rin Ken and Osaka Gosui Dou, the medical private school) to study medical science, and transcribed Seishu Hanaoka's lecture as medical texts. Taisuke recorded the state of operation with general anesthesia, and other experience in detail, during stay at the school in his diary. Taisuke's son and son-in-law also studied under the Hanaoka family; they left historical materials which are highly valuable to understand not only medical art of Hanaoka School but also actual conditions of the practice of medicine in Izumo.

Seito Collection
A Series of large collection purchased in 1988
The collection consists of 827 books, which was collected under the theme of "Westernization of Japan" (Edo to Tokyo: Modernization of Japan, seen from the West).
Most of them were published from the latter part of 19th century until the first half of 20th century: The capital of the Tycoon: a narrative of a three years' residence in Japanby Sir Rutherford Alcoc, The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese cultureby Ruth Benedict and Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things by Lafcadio Hearn; many first edition books are included. The name of collection derived West-Ostlicher Divan by Goethe. 
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