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Frequently asked questions : Ordering materials

Frequently asked questions

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Can I order materials from other facilities (the Tokyo Main Library, the Kansai-kan Library, and the International Library of Children's Literature) and then read them?
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You can read materials ordered from the Kansai-kan Library in the Tokyo Main Library, and you can read materials ordered from the Tokyo Main Library or the International Library of Children's Literature in the Kansai-kan Library. (However, there are some materials that cannot be ordered.) It is not possible to order materials from the International Library of Children's Literature in the Tokyo Main Library.
In addition, the International Library of Children's Literature does not provide any services for ordering materials from the Tokyo Main Library or the Kansai-kan Library.
User registration is required to apply for ordering materials.

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Can I apply to order materials without visiting the Library?
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You can apply for orders using the web form. Please refer to: "Order materials into the Tokyo Main Library" (in Japanese) or "Order materials into the Kansai-kan Library" (in Japanese).

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After applying to order materials, when is the soonest they will be available for use?
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The soonest that ordered materials will be available for use will be three business days for the Library (or five business days if this includes materials ordered at the Kansai-kan Library from the International Library of Children's Literature) after ordering at the Library.
Applications made via web form will take six business days. However, because only a limited number of applications are processed each day, in some cases ordered materials may not be available in the soonest possible time.

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For how many days can I use ordered materials?
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Materials are available for use over three continuous business days. (Extensions are not available.)

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I have applied to order some materials. Where can I pick them up? Where can I read them?
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Tokyo Main Library
Materials ordered in to the Tokyo Main Library can be picked up at the Kansai-kan Materials Order Counter on the 2nd floor of the Annex Building. They can be read in any nearby Reading Room.
Kansai-kan Library
Materials ordered in to the Kansai-kan Library can be picked up at the Loans Counter. They can be read in the Reading Room.

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I would like to make copies of some ordered materials. What sort of procedures are required?
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The procedures are the same as when requesting copies of items from the collection of the Library facility you are using (the Tokyo Main Library or Kansai-kan Library). Refer to the pages below for more information. Fees vary depending on the type of copying. Copying services are provided in compliance with copyright laws. Copying may not be permitted, depending on the status of the materials.

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I am waiting for some ordered materials, but it is no longer possible for me to visit the Library. Do I have to contact the Library to cancel the order?
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Please contact us, if possible.
Tokyo Main Library
Service Administration Division,Reader Services and Collections Department
E-mail: toriyoseat n d l dot g o dot j p
Kansai-kan Library
Public Services Division,Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
E-mail: b-orderat n d l dot g o dot j p

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If the materials I wish to use are in use, can I order the same materials at another facility (the Tokyo Main Library, the Kansai-kan Library, or the International Library of Children's Literature).
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Even if the materials you wish to use are currently in use, the same materials cannot be ordered from the holdings of another Library facility.

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Can I read materials held by the NDL in foreign countries?
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You can read the Library's materials from the NDL Digital Collections that have been digitized and made available via Internet.
You may also be able to read the Library's collections via university libraries etc. using interlibrary loan services.
For more information, please refer to "International Loan Service."

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