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Resources for Japanese Language Learners: 電子書籍 ebooks (JLPT and more)

This guide introduces students learning Japanese, at undergrad and graduate level, to resources at the library and online that will help them with their language study.

Textbooks & Workbooks

We own several grammar textbooks and workbooks in Maruzen eBook Library. First click this link and log in with your PennKey, then select アルク as the publisher on the left-hand side of the page. You will be able to view books such as the どんな時どう使う日本語 series.

Light Novels

Light novels and other fiction can be read online for free on these sites. Note that these works are self-published online.

Using Maruzen eBook Library

NOTE: PLEASE "LOG OUT" of the book viewer when you're done! Otherwise no one else can view the book even if you close the window. You can do that by clicking the SMALL YELLOW 閲覧終了 button at the top right of the page! Click "OK" on the pop-up message, then close the window after the book disappears from the viewer.

The Maruzen eBook Library interface is only available in Japanese. Below are some helpful database terms and their English translations.

  • 検索: search
  • 閲覧終了: done viewing (logout of a book)
  • 印刷/保存: print/save (as PDF)
  • 講読契約タイトル: books we own
  • 講読契約タイトル一覧: browse books we own
  • 閲覧: view
  • 出版社/提供元: publisher/distributor
  • 絞り込み: filter
  • 絞り込み解除: clear filter(s)
  • 署名: book title
  • 著編者名: author/editor name
  • 目次: table of contents
  • 本文: full text

JLPT Preparation

Marzuen's eBook Library offers several series of JLPT preparation books. You need to click this link and sign in with your PennKey to view our ebooks. You can click on the left side of the page to narrow down by publisher: select ユーキャン for the U-CAN general JLPT prep series, or 三修社 for the Kanji master (漢字マスター) textbook series.