The first SALC opened on 1st June 2001. It was located in two adjoining classrooms in Building 4. At that time, self-access learning was a new concept in Japan. There was nowhere like the SALC in KUIS, or in other universities across Japan. In this first SALC there was one learning advisor and a small team of 14 part-time student staff. The SALC was so frequently full that the university decided to construct a new building partly to house a new center. The second SALC opened in Building 6 (the SALCA Building) in the spring of 2003. In this new SALC there were more facilities and learning opportunities for students and the collection of materials grew to around 11,000 items. More staff and learning advisors were available to help students. The ELI Lounge was located next to the SALC so that students could come to either study or practice using English all in one place. After considerable planning, the SALC moved into KUIS 8 (Building 8) in the spring of 2017. KUIS 8 houses a new purpose-built and state-of-the-art facility that is much larger than the previous SALCs. There is more space for students to study, work with others, and discuss their language learning with learning advisors.