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National Diet Library Newsletter

No. 201, August 2015

NDL budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015

This article is a translation of the article in Japanese of the same title
in NDL Monthly Bulletin No. 650 (June 2015).

The national budget bill for FY2015 (April 2015 - March 2016) passed the National Diet on April 9, 20151. The budget appropriated for the National Diet Library (NDL) for FY2015 comprises a General Account and a Special Account for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, for a total amount of 20,178,487,000 yen. The General Account is 20,035,121,000 yen. Compared with the initial budget of the previous year, an increase in the number of expected resignees led to a rise in personnel expenses, which increased the General Account by some 525 million yen. The Special Account is 143,366,000 yen.

The composition of the total budget is:

  • Personnel expenses: 48.7% (46.9% in FY2014)
  • Acquisition of library materials: 11.6% (11.8% in FY2014)
  • Costs for information systems: 16.5% (16.0% in FY2014)
  • Office expenses: 14.9% (16.2% in FY2014)
  • Facilities: 7.7% (8.1% in FY2014)
  • Special Account for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake: 0.7% (1.0% in FY2014)

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Major expenditures of the budget for FY2015 are as follows:

1 Opening and operating the Annex Building at the International Library of Children's Literature

We are constructing an annex building at the International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) to expand the children's reading room, improve research support and training functionality, and create more room for stacks, thereby enhancing its function as a national center of children's books and further promoting children's reading activities.
Approximately 163 million yen was included in the General Account to buy equipment related to the opening and to maintain the annex building.

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2 Updating the service and operation integrated system

The NDL's operation is supported by an integrated system, which covers NDL's operation from acquiring and processing materials to providing patron services. Approximately 1,541 million yen was included in the General Account to upgrade equipment for and operate the system.

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3 Maintaining facilities

3.1 Expansion of the ILCL

The construction of an annex building of the ILCL, which has been underway since FY2011, will finish in FY 2015. In addition, we plan to renovate the existing building, which was built in 1906, to prevent deterioration. Approximately 841 million yen was included in the General Account for these construction costs.

3.2 Design for the second stage of the Kansai-kan construction

With the stacks at the Tokyo Main Library and the Kansai-kan expected to become full by the end of FY2019, the NDL is planning to construct additional stacks at the Kansa-kan, as the second stage of the Kansai-kan construction. Approximately 69 million yen was included in the General Account for appropriation to the third year of this three-year project for design.

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Amounts of National Diet Library's FY2015 Expenditure Budget (1,000 yen)

Total of General Account and Special Account

20,178,487

General Account
(Item) National Diet Library 18,487,204
Personnel expenses 9,820,929
Regular office expenses 165,266
Legislative research 260,672
Acquisition of materials 2,331,762
of which was compensation for deposit of publications 390,249
Costs for information systems 3,336,989
Tokyo Main Library operation 1,412,608
International Library of Children's Literature operation 327,952
Kansai-kan operation 831,026
(Item) Expenses for facilities 1,547,917
Construction of a new annex building of the International Library of Children's Literature 479,754
Construction for maintenance of the existing building of the International Library of Children's Literature 361,527
Design for the second stage of the Kansai-kan construction 69,313
Maintenance of the Tokyo Main Library 549,867
Maintenance of the Kansai-kan 87,456
Total 20,035,121
Special Account for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake
(Item) National Diet Library 143,366
Costs for information systems 143,366
Total 143,366

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  1. From April 1 to April 9, 2015, a provisional budget was allocated.

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