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Frequently asked questions : Services

Frequently asked questions

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Can anybody use the NDL?
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Tokyo Main Library & Kansai-kan Library
Anybody 18 years of age or older from any nation can visit and use the Tokyo Main Library and the Kansai-kan. Persons below 18 years of age who wish to use the Library's collections should refer to: "How can persons below 18 years of age use the Library?"
However, user registration is required for use of materials in the closed stacks. For more information, please refer to the section on User Registration.
International Library of Children's Literature
Anybody can use the International Library of Children's Literature. There is no age restriction. (Admission procedures are required to enter the Materials Room).

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How can persons below 18 years of age use the Library?
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Tokyo Main Library & Kansai-kan Library
As a general rule, anyone aged 18 or over can use the collections of the Tokyo Main Library and the Kansai-kan Library. This age restriction is because young persons below 18 years of age in many cases will be able to achieve their research/study aims using local school libraries or public libraries, and we have limited facilities and personnel.
However, if it is recognized that they may find it difficult to accomplish their research/study aims without using the Library's collections, or in certain other specific circumstances, use of the NDL may be available after following the prescribed procedures.
Please contact us in advance using the contact details given below.
  • Tokyo Main Library
    Service Administration Division, Reader Services and Collections Department
    E-mail: saunka-webat n d l dot g o dot j p
  • Kansai-kan
    Public Services Division
    E-mail: k-gdanceat n d l dot g o dot j p
International Library of Children's Literature
Persons below 18 years of age are able to use the International Library of Children's Literature, which specializes in children's books.
However, certain procedures are required to enter the Researchers' Reading Room.
Please contact us for more information, using the contact details given below.
  • International Library of Children's Literature
    Resources and Information Division
    E-mail: shijo-ilclat n d l dot g o dot j p

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Are all the materials held in the NDL available?
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Collections and conditions of use differ from facility to facility of the NDL. We also set limitations on access to some particular materials to which you cannot access without prior arrangement. We recommend you to search in advance on the NDL-OPAC before visiting the NDL.

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Do you charge for using the NDL?
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Admission, reading materials, registration, etc. is free of charge, but you need to pay for the actual costs of copying.

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Is there any difference between local, university or school libraries and the NDL?
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The main difference is that there are some restrictions to using our materials because the NDL is responsible for preserving its collections to hand them over to future generations. For example, the materials are not loaned out to individuals. Almost all the collections are stored in stacks, so users are requested to consult online catalogs such as the NDL Online Public Access Catalog (NDL-OPAC) or counter staff to search materials, instead browsing through bookshelves directly.

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How can I use the Library to best advantage?
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Most of the Library's collections are stored in closed stacks, and you will not be able to see these items on the bookshelves directly. Because visitors will need to find items using NDL-OPAC etc. before requesting them, it is more efficient to search for materials in advance before visiting the Library. Please refer to: "Should I look up anything before visiting the Library?"
After requesting to read materials or applying for copied materials, it may take some time before you are able to read these materials or receive your copied materials. Please ensure you leave ample time when visiting. The Library is often relatively empty in the morning.
Several services are also available without visiting the Library, such as remote copying services and use of databases available via the Internet. For more information, please refer to: "Using services without visiting the Library."

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