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Frequently asked questions : Visiting the Library

Frequently asked questions

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Where is the National Diet Library located?
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We have main three facilities: the Tokyo Main Library (Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), the Kansai-kan (Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto) and the International Library of Children's Literature (Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo). Go to each facility's website for details.

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What are the Library's holidays (days of closure) and opening hours?
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Holidays and opening hours vary depending on the facility. Moreover, opening hours for various services and Special Materials Rooms may also vary. Please refer to each facility's pages for more information.

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Are there any procedures required to enter the Library?
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Tokyo Main Library & Kansai-kan Library
To enter the Tokyo Main Library or Kansai-kan Library, either a one-day user card or a registered-user card is required.
Registered-user cards are issued at the User Registration Counter of the Tokyo Main Library or at the Entrance Counter of the Kansai-kan Library.

Issue of registered-user cards is free, but you will need personal identification documents. Please see "Registration by visitors" for more information. Please be aware that registration procedures may take a long time during busy times.
One-day user cards are issued at the Entrance Counter in the Annex of the Tokyo Main Library or at the Entrance Counter of the Kansai-kan Library. Identification documents are not required, but restrictions do apply—for example, you will not be able to use materials in the closed stacks.
You can enter simply by touching your one-day user card or registered-user card at the entrance gate. Please store your bag etc. in a coin locker.
International Library of Children's Literature
Please refer to: "Do I have to follow any procedures to use the ILCL?" (International Library of Children's Literature Website)

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Is there parking?
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Tokyo Main Library
The Library has a visitors' parking lot (free of charge).
However, since parking capacity is limited (27 spaces) and often crowded, we encourage you to use public transport as far as possible when visiting the Library.
Kansai-kan Library
The Library has a visitors' parking lot (free of charge).There is space for about 300 vehicles. Parking is also available for large buses.
Additionally, there are four private parking spaces for those with disabilities.
International Library of Children's Literature
Please refer to: "Traffic guide・Access" (International Library of Children's Literature Website)

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Should I look up anything before visiting the Library?
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If you wish to read certain specific materials, we encourage you to search for those materials using NDL-OPAC before visiting the Library, in order to confirm whether they are in the collections of the National Diet Library.
If the materials cannot be identified, we recommend that you search using Research Navi or NDL-OPAC, so that you know in advance about any materials that you might like to read.
Registered users can store information on materials searched in NDL-OPAC using "My List," and can conduct an immediate document request when visiting us.

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Can I enter the Library accompanied by a child?
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You may not enter the Tokyo Main Library or the Kansai-kan Library accompanied by a child. Persons below 18 years of age who wish to use the collections of the NDL should refer to the section entitled: "How can persons below 18 years of age use the Library?"

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Are there any other libraries nearby?
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Tokyo Main Library
The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library, the Chiyoda City's Hibiya Library & Museum, and the Chiyoda Public Library are located nearby.
Kansai-kan Library
The Seika Town Library is located nearby.
International Library of Children's Literature
The Taito City Library is located nearby.

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