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Foreign Language Books

About the loaning, donation and free giveaway of books written in foreign languages:

Loaning of foreign language books

Loaning restrictions: Each person can borrow up to 10 books at a time.
Loaning period: Maximum of 2 weeks
Genres: Novels, Japanese literature, books for children, guidebooks etc.
Available languages: English, Chinese, Korean, German, Italian, French

Feel free to visit us any time!

Corner for foreign language books

English books
Japanese books
Books on travel
Chinese books
French books
Korean books
German books
Picture books

Language books
Miscellaneous (cookbooks etc.)

Introduction of new books

Read it yourself with Ladybird

These books are published by the British publisher “Ladybird]. They contain famous fairy tales and children’s stories. They are small, palm-sized picture books from around the world. There are a total of 24 books such as the beloved Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Please take a look.

Free foreign language books giveaway

Once a year, the plaza hosts a free giveaway for books that are ready to retire from the Foreign Language Book shelves. ‘I no longer need this book because I’m moving!’ ‘I want others to read it, too!’ – regardless of the reason behind the donation, the giveaway serves as a great opportunity for finding  the books new homes.

The previous events for foreign language books

OITA WORLD FESTA, Sat, Oct 26, 2019

The plaza took part in the OITA WORLD FESTA 2019, an event hosted by the Oita City at 3F of Compal Hall on Sat, Oct 26, 2019. We greeted many visitors in our foreign language book giveaway event, during which 109 foreign language publications (out of which 37 were English newspapers) were passed over to 47 visitors while new donations came in. We are truly grateful to all our donors, and will make sure that the donations are put to good use. There was quite a crowd at the event booth, with everyone showing a great deal of enthusiasm. The experience was memorable as lively conversation bubbled in a light-hearted atmosphere, with visitors making remarks like ‘This author also wrote this other book’ and ‘This [book] will be useful for my study in languages’. We felt a sense of meaning in our efforts, and are pleased to have received comments in the feedback questionnaires such as ‘It’s great to learn about various places around the world’ and ‘I’m aiming for the Nobel Prize’. We would be grateful if the event somehow proved to be an opportunity for broadening our visitors’ global vision and better connecting them to a life of enrichment. The donated books are available for loan at the Oita International Plaza, and each person can borrow up to 10 at a time for a duration of two weeks. Foreign language books that are ready to retire from our shelves are passed onto new owners at no cost. If you have books written in foreign languages sleeping somewhere at home, please give us a shout.

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