Library Collections Overview
Circulating and Reference Collection
The materials in the Circulating and Reference Collections are chosen according to their relevance to the curricula of the courses taught at Soka University of America. The highest priority is given to materials that best support the programs offered at SUA, and faculty input and suggestions play an integral role in the continued development of these collections. The Circulation Collection can be found on the 3rd floor, and the Reference on the 2nd floor.
Foreign Language Collection
The Foreign Language Collection is where students, staff, or faculty of the university can find the library’s holdings of fiction books written in one of the four languages taught at Soka University of America: Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. The books are shelved according to language and include literary classics and popular novels. The titles at elementary or secondary reading levels are color coded to help language learners chose the right book for them. This collection is added to regularly, and can be found on the 1st floor of the library.
Young Adult Collection
The Young Adult Collection contains a variety of books on a number of topics, generally at a secondary school reading level. The titles in this collection include reference books and illustrated guides as well as popular or award-winning fiction. Students can use the titles in this collection as starting points for research projects on topics in the Social Sciences or Humanities, or as support materials to help build reading speed, comprehension, and cultural knowledge. The collection can be found on the 1st floor.
The Children’s Collection contains classic, popular, and award-winning children’s books at an elementary reading level. This collection can be found on the 1st floor.
Media Collection (DVD, VHS, and CD)
The Media Collection includes works, both visual and audio, on topics and from genres pertinent to Soka University of America’s courses in the Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Educational Leadership concentrations. Materials are also chosen that align with the university’s General Education and Foreign Language and Culture Program’s curricula. A preference is given to titles that are interdisciplinary in nature and projected to be used frequently. Titles that present distinctive social, political, historical, or economic themes or viewpoints are also actively collected.
Databases & E-journal Packages
The library subscribes to a number of databases and online services, offering the SUA community easy access to peer-reviewed journals and a large selection of electronic books. Ikeda Library actively updates these collections and offers instruction in optimizing their use.
The Archive Collection contains materials related to Soka University of America and its students, staff, and faculty. The collection is being actively developed and expanded by the library and includes artifacts such as commencement speeches and videos, yearbooks, student newspapers, course catalogs, works published by SUA employees, and other materials which may have historical significance. These materials are for library use only. Please speak to a librarian about accessing these materials.
The Founders’ Collection contains books written by the founders of Soka Education: Tsunesaburō Makiguchi, Jōsei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda. The collection includes older works and newer titles, as well as editions translated into English or other languages. Titles by the founders are actively added to this collection, which is located on the 1st floor of the library.
The Ikeda Collection contains books on the Social Sciences donated to Ikeda Library by our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, in 2001. The collection originally contained 3,000 books and grew to 4,000 with a second donation in 2002. The majority of the titles are in Japanese and written by recognized scholars, educators, and intellectuals in their respective fields. Most of the titles in the collection are available for check out and can be found on the 1st floor, but those that have been identified as fragile are kept in the Special Collection room.