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Frequently asked questions : Copying without visiting the Library (Remote)

Frequently asked questions

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How can I receive copied materials without visiting the Library?
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For materials of the National Diet Library, a remote copying service is available if you can specify the exact location that you want copied (including article name, chapter name, and page number). This enables you to send in an application and receive your copies by mail without visiting the Library.
*This service is for Registered Users only.

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How can I make a request via the Internet?
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Please apply for our user registration system beforehand.
With the user ID number and the password given to registered users, you can access to the retrieval screens and then to the application screens in the Japanese version of the NDL-OPAC(Online Public Access Catalog)
*Copies are sent by only airmail

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How long does it take for delivery of copied materials?
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Normally, delivery takes about 5 business days after your application is accepted. This does not include the number of days it takes for mail or courier delivery.
However, depending on the application content and status of the materials, it may take longer to deliver. Moreover, you are not able to specify the delivery day.

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Can I use NDL-OPAC to check the status of my copying application?
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You can check "複写申込 (Copy Application Status)" under "申込状況・利用者情報 (Application Status/User Information)" (in Japanese) at the top of the NDL-OPAC screen.
Also, please be aware that if your application for copies or delivery has been declined by the Library, it will no longer be displayed on this screen.

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Rather than by mail, I would like copied material sent to me via email as a PDF. Or can you send it to me via fax?
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In accordance with copyright laws (public transmission rights, rights to make items electronically transmissible), the Library must obtain permission from the copyright holder in order to send copyrighted materials either in electronic PDF form or by FAX or email.
Please be aware that the Library does not seek permission from copyright owners on behalf of users, and does not collect copyright royalties to provide its copying service.

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My copied materials arrived in several separate deliveries. Why is this?
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There are two main reasons, listed below:
  • Copied materials may have been sent out from the respective holdings of different libraries (the Tokyo Main Library, the Kansai-kan Library, or the International Library of Children's Literature). In the case that multiple copies of an item for which a copying application has been received are kept in the holdings of the Tokyo Main Library, the Kansai-kan Library, and the International Library of Children's Literature, the Kansai-kan Library collection will be used as far as possible. For this reason, the stated location of materials at the time of application may be subject to change later.
  • For some applications, the Library may need to confirm content and collection details, which may take some days to complete. Copies that are completed earlier will be received earlier.

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I would like copies of some articles or photos, but I do not know which materials contain these or the relevant page numbers. Can I apply for the remote copying service?
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The remote copying service accepts only copy applications that clearly indicate the copy location. If your copy application specifies the document name, as well as the article name, author name, page number etc. of the location to be copied, the service is able to provide copied materials.
For articles published in periodicals that are listed in the Periodical Index (indexed periodicals), you can search for them in the NDL-OPAC Periodical Index.
You can also confirm the content of the material you wish to copy by using the NDL's reference service (assistance with materials) via a local library. First of all, please inquire with your local library.

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Can I request copies of materials held by the NDL from overseas?
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You can use our international photoduplication service. For more details, please refer to "Overseas Request for copying" on "Photoduplication Service."

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