The Shiga University Library was established in 1949, when the university was founded. At present, the library consists of the Main Library on the Hikone Campus and the Branch Library of the Faculty of Education on the Otsu Campus. Their total holdings are 550,208 volumes. The libraries collect general and introductory materials for undergraduate students, and research materials related to the fields of specialization of the academic staff and graduate students. There are several valuable and rare volumes in the libraries.
Both libraries are available to faculty, staff, and students, and maintain collections of books, periodicals, microfilm and audio-visual materials necessary for education and research. The libraries are also open for use by the general public and people residing in the nearby areas. The libraries holdings can be searched through the on-campus computer network.
2. The Research Center for Lifelong Learning
The Research Center for Lifelong Learning, located on the Otsu campus, was established in 1994 with the purpose of carrying out education and research into lifelong learning. It supports local cooperative groups and associations, and contributes to the realization of learning society.
3. The Joint Research Center
The Joint Research Center was established in November 1993 to promote cooperation and exchange of knowledge between the academic and business world, and the local community. Many enterprises and factories are located in Shiga Prefecture, and the Center provides both public and private sector organizations with the results of the latest academic research. At the same time, it allows the results of research carried out jointly with the public and private sectors to be channeled back into university education and research.
4. The Research Center for Sustainability and Environment
The Research Center for Sustainability and Environmentwas established in 2003. In order to contribute to creating Sustainable Society, we are engaging in environment education and research on Environment problem, bringing together different disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences and humanity studies.
5. The Center for Information Processing
The Center for Information Processing was established in 1990 as an internal cooperative facility aiming at providing effective research, educational and academic information, as well as information processing concerning office processing. The Center consists of The Center for Information Processing (Hikone sector) and a branch of this(Otsu sector). The main function of the Center is to control and operate the Local Area Network(LAN)and to provide user service conditions for the UNIX workstation installed in The Center for Information Processing, and for personal computers. The Center News, the facility guidelines, and abstracts of publications are available here. The Center plays an important role in education and research with regards to the latest information processing skills.The system at Shiga University has a distributed system which is linked reciprocally with the Campus Information Network System and has a full capacity which will be sufficient in future. Besides the system mentioned above, LAN and the servers respond to the system with high security, in addition to efficient control and management.
Personal computers have been installed with the following functions: World Wide Web (WWW), E-mail, word processor and spreadsheet program, as well as software for databases and programming languages. They can be also applied to the education support system. They are used fully during various lectures such as Information Literacy. They are also used effectively in research and for assignments, when the room is available.
6. The International Students Center (ISC)
The International Students Center (ISC), established in April 2001, is a campus-wide, joint facility that promotes the exchange of Shiga University Students with foreign universities. The ISC also provides exchange students with guidance and counseling in their studies and daily life, making an effort to foster student success and international goodwill.
The Missions are (1) dealing with concerns of overseas study programs for students, (2) acceptance of foreign students (at Shiga University), (3) guidance for foreign students regarding studies and life style, (4) pre-departure guidance relating to life style and study habits for students going abroad, (5) Dealing with student relationships with overseas universities, (6) dealing with other necessary business for realization of Center objectives.
7. The Center for Community Partnership
The Center for Community Partnership performs business about cooperation with local self-governing body in order to promote a local contribution smoothly.
8. The Center for Educational Research and Practice (CERP)
The Center for Educational Research and Practice (CERP), attached to the Faculty of Education, was established in 1992. CERP members are working on a variety of practical projects in the areas of school education, information technology education, school guidance, and educational technology in K-12, post-secondary, and professional development settings.
9. The Archival Museum
The Archival Museum, attached to the Faculty of Economics, was established in 1950 in order to collect, preserve, and exhibit materials having reference to the social, economic, and industrial history of Japan, with special emphasis on the Ohmi Shonin(the Merchants of Ohmi Province, which is the present-day Shiga Prefecture).
10. The Institute for Economic and Business Research
The Institute for Economic and Business Research was established in 1941 to promote advanced studies in the fields of economics and business, with special emphasis on the Japanese economy. It publishes the following academic periodicals: The Hikone Ronso four times a year, The Annals of Human and Social Sciences once a year, Study Series twice a year, and Working Paper Series several times a year.
This institute organizes meetings ten times a year, inviting scholars from other universities and business people as lecturers. Many faculty members and students participate, and there are lively discussions at each meeting. It also organizes seminars twice a month. The faculty consists of five divisions, so faculty members have a wide variety of research areas. In most seminars, the participants tend to have spirited discussions.
The most significant collection of the Institute is material of the Japanese Colonies before World War 2. A List of contents and some of this material are available through the Internet, in Japanese.
11. The Educational Center for Information Technology
The Educational Center for Information Technology, manages the information machines and equipment which the students of faculty of economics and staff of the university use. And this center is performing
12. The Center for Risk Research
The Center for Risk Research, established in February 2004, is designed to study Mainly three areas of risk related issues: international, financial and economic and social aspects. These issues are recognized as increasingly vital for business decision-making and strategic approaches in the current globalizing business environment.