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Frequently asked questions : Utilizing the contents of the website

Frequently asked questions

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What should I do in order to use images published on the website of the National Diet Library, either to broadcast or use in books etc.?
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If you wish to reproduce any item or any portion of any item (image, document, article, data, etc.) on the website of the National Diet Library, (provided under the domain of "ndl.go.jp" or "kodomo.go.jp"), by publication (including electromagnetic recording media such as DVD), broadcasting, exhibition or posting on the website and any other medium, please complete the reproduction request form and send to us in advance.
Depending on circumstances, it may take us some days to respond, so we ask that you send the request well in advance. Not all requests can be filled as desired. Thank you for your understanding of this matter.
However, when you want to reproduce items which are included in "Contents which can be utilized without permission from NDL", you do not need to send the request to us.
For more details, please see "Site Policy" and "Notice" on the NDL website.

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If I wish to reproduce items on the website of the National Diet Library, how much does it cost for reproduction?
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It is free of charge.

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As the conditions of permission for reproduction, it is written that "It should be clearly specified that the item(s) is/are taken from the National Diet Library website." Where and how should I describe it?
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We do not provide a fixed phrase, so you can use an expression like "from the collection of the National Diet Library" or "from the National Diet Library website". The acknowledgement should be near the item(s) to be used, and in some cases, you may put it at the end of a volume or the end roll.

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How long does it take before receiving a reply after transmitting a reproduction request form?
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After we receive a request, we will usually reply by e-mail within two business days (Monday to Friday, except National holidays, the yearend and New Year's holidays).
Depending on circumstances, it might take several days for us to respond. Particularly if you wish to reproduce NDL's own publications such as "Issue Brief", "The Reference", "Foreign Legislation (quarterly and monthly versions)", "Research Materials", etc., it might take several days for us to respond. Not all requests can be filled as desired. Thank you for your understanding of this matter.
When you have received reply e-mail that we confirm your request, you may download the item from our website and make use of it.

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If I wish to reproduce items for which you previously confirmed my reproduction request for different purposes, do I need to send a new request?
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If the items are included in "Contents which can be utilized without permission from NDL", you do not need to send another request. If you would like to reproduce items which are not included in "Contents which can be utilized…" for different purposes (for example, in another program or document), please send a new reproduction request. On the other hand, you do not need to send a new reproduction request form, in the case of rebroadcasting, or using for the omnibus of a series of programs and program advertising.

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I wish to reproduce an image from the "National Diet Library Digital Collections" whose "Access Restriction" of the Bibliographic Information Area does not show "インターネット公開". What should I do ?
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If the "Access Restriction" shows "国立国会図書館/図書館送信参加館内公開 (Available only at the NDL and partner libraries)" or "館内公開 (Available only at the NDL)", we do not provide digital images. Please use the Photoduplication Service.

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