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Using library materials in closed stacks

Searching for and requesting materials

The NDL operates under a closed-stack system. Materials available on open shelves are limited.
To read materials stored in closed stacks, please search for and request the materials you require from the NDL-OPAC on a user terminal.
Please be aware that although English-language search functionality is available, requests can only be made in Japanese.

Tracking your requests

It generally takes from 20 to 30 minutes to retrieve materials stored in the closed stacks. You can verify the status of your request (arrival and pickup counter) at a user terminal.

Picking up materials


Book Counter (Main Building 2F)


Periodicals Counter (Annex 2F)

Please show your user card when you pick up the materials at the specified counter.
* Materials cannot be taken outside the library.

Reading Rooms

The Tokyo Main Library has three reading rooms.
Electrical outlets are available for your PCs in Reading Room 1 and Annex Reading Room.

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