The Media Centers on each of Keio's six major campuses support the educational and research activities through library and information technology services, providing important information resources for students, faculty, and researchers.
Combined, the Media Centers house a massive collection of books and journals. These resources, together with the various academic databases and electronic journals available through digitization, provide an environment that delivers the necessary information exactly when it is needed.
The Media Centers on the various campuses of the Keio system represent important information resources for students, faculty, and researchers. As a whole, they are considered to constitute one of the foremost academic information storehouses in the country. The combined libraries of the Keio Media Centers house more than 4.2 million books and publications.
The Mita Media Center has its direct origins in the original Keio University Library built in 1912, which then expanded with a new building in 1982, with a clear focus on the humanities and social sciences. A combined total of 2.8 million books and many digital resources makes this one of the best facilities of its kind in Japan.
The Hiyoshi Media Center is designed primarily as a library for the students at Hiyoshi Campus, who are mostly in their first and second years of study. It provides seminars on library use as well as essential materials on areas of the humanities and the social and natural sciences to students just embarking on their voyage of higher learning. It also provides research materials on specific fields for the three graduate programs located on Hiyoshi Campus.
One of Japan’s leading medical libraries, the center is home to several important collections for medicine and related fields. With collections such as the Fujikawa Bunko Collection, the center helps to preserve Japanese medical history for future generations.
One of Japan’s leading science and technology libraries. As a library specifically tailored to science and technology, materials are made easily available to off-campus researchers. The library is also an ideal study environment, with a peaceful lounge, quiet study areas, group study rooms, and individual study rooms that are open 24-hours a day during exam periods.
By providing information resources as well as tools for creating and disseminating information, the Shonan Fujisawa Media Center and the Library of Nursing and Medical Care support the research and educational activities of students, faculty and staff at Shonan Fujisawa Campus. Their collection offers a broad variety of materials that reflect a practical, interdisciplinary emphasis in keeping with the SFC motto "self-reliance in identifying and solving problems. As a one-stop location for various study and research activities, the Media Center is furnished with Group Study Rooms, Video Shooting/Sound Recording Studios, AV equipment such as high definition digital cameras and audio/visual editing devices, and additionally, cutting-edge tools that support creativity—among them 3D printers, digital embroidery sewing machines, and cutting machines.
The Information and Media Center for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Keio University's sixth Media Center, was opened in April 2008 after Keio’s merger with Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy. The center houses a wide range of resources in the fields of pharmacy and life sciences and is used by students, faculty, and alumni engaged in the field.
The Keio Information Technology Center (KIC), launched in February 1999, operates and services the information infrastructure of the university and is made up of several offices including the KIC Headquarters, Mita KIC, Hiyoshi KIC, Shinanomachi KIC, Science and Technology KIC, Shonan Fujisawa KIC, and Shiba-Kyoritsu KIC. Its major activities include the promotion of the use of information infrastructure, such as PCs and workstations, created around networks; promotion of projects required as Keio University becomes highly computerized; and the improvement of equipment for the management and storage of information. KICs, with the goal of contributing to the development of Keio University's research and education, and to its smooth operations, provide an information infrastructure for the whole system, including not only the university but the affiliated schools as well.
Keio is equipped with high-speed networks that support maximum connection speeds of 10Gbps between campuses and 1Gbps on campus. Within the university grounds and buildings, students can access the networks any time and any place by wireless LAN. PCs and workstations are provided in classrooms and open space areas.
The Keio Information Technology Center (KIC) was set up to make this information environment easy and safe for students to use. It supports utilization of information in educational and research activities and in a host of other on-campus settings.