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Outline of the Collections

Books

Domestic Books

The Kansai-kan holds approximately 610,000 Japanese books, mainly academic books in the stacks. For 170,000 books published in the Meiji era, users can access microfilms of materials stored in the Tokyo Main Library. The Kansai-kan also has many domestic government publications such as reports and plans which are published by government and local public bodies. They are generally hard to get at bookstores. It has open access shelves holding approximately 90,000 books in the General Collections Room, including useful reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and statistics, materials concerning Japanese laws and parliament such as minutes of the Diet and statute books, government publications and library science related materials.

Books in Western Languages

The books in Western languages held in The Kansai-kan are mainly reference books, most of which are available in the reading rooms.

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Periodicals and newspaper

The Kansai-kan has approximately 40,000 titles of Japanese periodicals, most of which are in the Japanese Periodicals Index. Of foreign periodicals, the Kansai-kan has some 44,000 titles.
Some of the Japanese and foreign periodicals and newspapers (approximately 500 titles) can be accessed in the General Collections Room.

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Materials on science and technology

The Kansai-kan has science and technology-related materials such as technical reports, foreign doctoral dissertations, conference papers and proceedings in Western languages, standards, etc. Note that some of the materials cannot be searched via the online catalog (NDL-OPAC); if an item cannot be found, please inquire by phone or at the Information Desk.
For the details of each collections, see "Guide for Search by Theme (Japanese only)".

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Scientific research reports under grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Scientific research reports under grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology are reports of research results obtained under Grants-in-Aid from the Ministry in various fields ranging from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences. The Kansai-kan stores those compiled since 1983 (earlier reports are stored in the Tokyo Main Library).

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Japanese doctoral dissertations

The Kansai-kan holds doctoral dissertations from 1923. The number of doctoral dissertations is approximately 480,000 as of Oct. 2007. The Kansai-kan is the only organization where most doctoral dissertations from universities all around Japan can be accessed comprehensively.
For the doctoral dissertations collected up to 1973, you may have to search using the card catalog in the General Collections Room. Please inquire by phone or at the Information Desk for details of materials held by the Kansai-kan.

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Materials on Asia

The Kansai-kan holds books, periodicals and newspapers in Asian languages that have been collected by the NDL since 1986. For details of materials in Asian languages, please refer to the "Asian Resources Room at the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library".

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Electronic resources

Electronic resources such as electronic journals, databases and CD-ROMs are available in the Kansai-kan. You can also access online services on the NDL website such as the images of materials stored in the NDL (NDL Digital Collections).

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