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Overseas Request for copying

Photoduplication services for remote patrons

You can request photocopy without visiting our library and receive them by courier or postal mail.

  • This service is available only to Registered Users and Online Registered Users.
  • The fee includes copying fee, packing fee, and postage. If the patron chooses to pay in Japanese yen via bank transfer, he or she must also bear additional bank transfer fee.
  • The NDL provides copying services in accordance with Japanese Copyright Law as well as National Diet Library Rules Concerning the Use of Library Materials so as not to infringe the rights of the copyright holders. For more detailed information, please see the following page: Information about Copyright.
  • The National Diet Library has a duty to preserve library materials and make them available to future generations as the cultural heritage of Japan. Since copying services are provided in accordance with NDL policies for preservation, there are some materials that cannot be photocopied and some that can only be copied by a particular method. We cannot accept requests for copying that entail the risk of serious damage to library materials.
  • The National Diet Library has only limited resources with which to serve efficiently as many users as possible. Therefore, we can only accept requests that can be filled under our standard photoduplication services.

For more information about our photoduplication services for remote patrons, please see the following pages:
Remote photoduplication service for patrons in Japan

Note that there are some differences between the services available to domestic patrons and those available to overseas patrons.
The differences and points of consideration are as follows:

Request via the Internet (NDL Online)

Only Registered Users and Online Registered Users are entitled to request photocopies via the Internet. The NDL Online has an English-language interface, including an English-language request form for photocopies. The flow of requesting and processing is basically same as for patrons in Japan.

For more details, please refer to the Remote photoduplication service for patrons in Japan and the NDL Online Help page.

Request by postal mail

You may make a request directly to the NDL using the designated request form (PDF: 147KB, RTF: 105KB). The flow of requesting and processing is basically same as for patrons in Japan.

For more details, please refer to the Remote photoduplication service for patrons in Japan.

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This service is available only to Registered Users and Online Registered User.
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To get the request form (PDF), you will need Adobe Reader (free download). Click here (open link in new window) to download. (Adobe Website)
The mailing address is:
ILL-Section, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
8-1-3 Seikadai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
619-0287 Japan
tel: +81-774-98-1313 / fax: +81-774-98-9112
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Please use the NDL Online or source to find the NDL Call No. for the material you wish to copy. If you do not provide an NDL Call No., it takes much more time to process your request.

Request via local library

You can request copies via a local public or university library that offers international interlibrary services. Please consult your local public or university library regarding availability of photoduplication services and how to request them.

(Patrons who are not registered users and online registered users can request copies via a local public or university library that offers interlibrary services.)

Delivery method

Copies and an invoice are sent by airmail. You may specify EMS in the "Notes on shipment" column of the screen of "Remote request for photoduplication" of the NDL Online.

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Please note that we do not offer scanning services due to the Japanese Copyright Law.

If there are something wrong with the copy.

If you still have not received requested copies 20 days after making your request via the Internet (or 30 days if you made your request by mail or fax), or if you find something wrong with the copies you received, please contact the email address below.
In cases where a request cannot be fulfilled, we will inform the user of the reason by email or mail. Please check to see if you have received such a notification before you contact us. You can also review the status and request history of your requests when you log in the NDL Online.

Shipping of Copies and Payment

We do not accept the payment in advance. Please make payment after you receive your copies and invoice. In addition to the copying fee, packing fee and postage will be charged. For copying fee, refer to the "Photocopy Fee Chart (Overseas patrons)".

After receiving your copies, please check to be sure they are correct. If there are no problems, please make payment in Japanese yen by credit card, International Postal Money Order, or bank transfer within 20 days of receipt. Please be aware that if you pay via bank transfer, additional bank transfer fee might also apply. Each parcel is shipped with an invoices enclosed.

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We cannot accept payment by IFLA vouchers or International Reply Coupons.
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The NDL does not send copies by fax or email due to the Japanese Copyright Law.

Contact for inquiry about Photoduplication Service

Please contact us by telephone or email if you have any questions about our photoduplication services.

ILL-Section, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
8-1-3 Seikadai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
619-0287 Japan
TEL: +81-774-98-1313 / Email: ill-secat n d l dot g o dot j p

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