Manga Library

The JSC Manga Library was established in November 2002 as part of Monash University’s Japanese Studies Centre and is the first venue of its kind in Australia to provide both opportunities of education and entertainment through the incorporation of Japanese popular culture, making Japanese manga available to students and non-students alike. This innovative space continues to provide a unique environment in which Japanese popular culture can be easily accessed. The library is currently run by local and international students at Monash.

The library offers an extensive collection of over 7000 Japanese manga and other related texts such as magazines and novels. The library provides an exclusive environment and opportunity to access popular Japanese culture from the past and present.

Our manga collection

The Manga Library houses a huge collection of over 7000 manga spanning most genres, including Shounen, Shoujo, Seinen and manga classics. Our collection also holds over 700 manga in English as well as a selection of bilingual manga. We also have a great collection of manga for beginner readers such as Doraemon and Chibi Maruko-chan.

The collection is now available to browse online here.


The Manga Library is a free reading library. To borrow Manga you must have a valid membership, which you can sign up for online here. Teachers and Academics have free borrowing privileges, as well as active volunteers.


We are happy to accept good quality second hand and previously owned manga via drop off or post. Please contact the library ahead of time if you would like to arrange a time to drop off a donation.


The Manga Library is run primarily by student volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please register your interest here and request to join the online Volunteer group on Facebook here.

Seminars and Workshops

The Manga Library hosts seminars and workshops bridging manga, manga research and manga translation. The Manga Library also hosts a weekly Japanese Langauge conversation circle on Wednesday afternoons during regular semester times.

For further information regarding upcoming workshops, please contact Stephanie Luo:

Upcoming Workshops (sign up)

Please check back soon.

Past Workshops

Harry Potter Translation Workshop: Wizardry with Words 2018
A Harry Potter themed translation workshop that will explore how riddles, spells and wordplay are translated across culture.

Date: 2 – 4PM, Wednesday 22 August 2018 (Week 5)

Venue: Japanese Studies Auditorium

Traditional Manga Workshop 2018
A demonstration of the process of creating manga illustrations through traditional tools such as ink, nib pens and screen tone.

Date: 2 – 4PM, Wednesday 11 April 2018 (Week 7)

Venue: Japanese Studies Auditorium

One World Festival – Animation Cel Painting Workshop (in collaboration with SAMA)
Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018 (Week 5)
Venue: Northern Plaza

Manga Translation Workshop Series 2017

An introduction to manga translation, geared toward undergraduate students.

Workshop 1
Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017 (Week 4)
Venue: Japanese Studies Auditorium

Workshop 2
Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017 (Week 9)
Venue: Japanese Studies Auditorium

Further Information

For the library’s current opening hours, upcoming events and further information please contact the centre:

Address: Japanese Studies Centre Manga Library, 12 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800
Phone: +61-3-9905-9489