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Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals

The Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals is provided by the National Diet Library, Japan, (the NDL) as a means of making digitized versions of out-of-print or otherwise difficult-to-obtain materials*1 available to the general public via the Internet from device such as personal computers.*2

  • NB1:Materials that the copyright holder has indicated to the NDL are highly likely to become easily available within three months are not available via this Service.
  • NB2:For the foreseeable future, the NDL will not accept requests for printouts of materials that are available via this Service.

Persons with print disabilities are eligible to access DAISY, braille, and other data via the Internet. Please visit the Data Transmission Service for Persons with Print Disabilities page for details.

Who is eligible?

The Service is available to anyone who is an official registered user of the NDL, who resides in Japan, and who has agreed to the latest version of the Terms of Service (PDF: 108KB).

Please understand that the Service is not available to simple registered users (formerly known as online registered users) or persons who do not reside in Japan.

Please refer to the User Registration page for more information about becoming an official registered user of the NDL.

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Available content

The content available via the Service comprises out-of-print or otherwise difficult-to-obtain materials from the National Diet Library Digital Collections, although materials that the copyright holder has indicated to the NDL are highly likely to become readily available within three months are excluded. Users will be able to browse the items in the National Diet Library Digital Collections that are currently available only at the NDL and its partner libraries.

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How to use the Service

1. User registration

Persons who are already registered users

If you are already an official registered user

Official registered users who have already confirmed their identity by presenting the necessary identification documents should proceed to section 2. Agreeing to the Terms of Service.

If you are already a simple registered user (formerly known as an online registered user)

Simple registered users need to confirm their identity by presenting the necessary identification document in order to upgrade their registration status (user type) to official registered user.
The upgrade procedure may be completed via the NDL Online, via postal mail, or in person at the NDL.

Persons who are not already registered users

Please complete the procedure to become an official registered user via the NDL Online, via postal mail, or in person at the NDL.

Please refer to the following pages for more detailed information on user registration.

If you are not sure of your user registration status, please login to the NDL Online and check your User Type on your My Account page. Your User Type will be shown either as "simple registered user" or "official registered user."
Until May 18, 2022, simple registration is equivalent to Online registration.
Your registration is valid for three years from the last time you visited the library or logged in to any of the NDL's remote services.

How to confirm your user registration status (User Type)

Do you already have a User ID? If you do not have a User ID, you will need to complete the new user registration procedure. If you have a User ID, please check your registration status to determine whether you are a simple registered user or an official registered user. If you are an official registered user, no further action is needed to use the Service. If you are a simple registered user, you must show your identification documents or upload your identification documents via the NDL Online and become an official registered user to use the Service.

2. Agreeing to the Terms of Service

To use the Service, you must agree to the latest version of the Terms of Service for the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals (PDF: 108KB). You need only perform this action once to use the Service, but you will be asked to reconfirm your agreement whenever the Terms of the Service are updated. The Terms of Service display automatically the first time you login to the NDL Online. Please indicate your intention by clicking Agree, Do not agree, or Suspend at the bottom of the page. Once you have clicked either Agree or Do not agree, the Terms no longer display automatically when you login but can reviewed from your My Account page, as described in 2. below. If you click Suspend, the Terms will display automatically the next time you log in.

1. Login to the NDL Online

Whenever the Terms of Service are updated, the latest version of the Terms display automatically when you login to the NDL Online. Please review the Terms and indicate your intention by clicking Agree at the bottom of the page.

2. Reviewing the Terms of Service via your My Account page

Once you have clicked either Agree or Do not agree, the Terms of Service no longer display automatically when you login to the NDL Online. To review them, please go to your My Account page and click View Terms of Service. After reviewing the Terms, indicate your intention by clicking Agree at the bottom of the page.

3. Search and Browse

Although you can search for materials, register as a user, and agree to the Terms of Service via the NDL Online, you cannot browse digitized materials without first logging in to the National Diet Library Digital Collections.

After agreeing to the Terms of Service as described above, please login to the National Diet Library Digital Collections, where you can view digitized images of materials that are available via the Service. You can search for materials by either of the following ways.

1. Search for materials via the NDL Online

Login to the NDL Online and search for material of interest. If the material of interest is included in the National Diet Library Digital Collections, you will be able to click the Digital button to be redirected to the National Diet Library Digital Collections. If the material of interest is available via the Service, you will find information about the Service on the content browsing page of the National Diet Library Digital Collections. Click the Login button to open the login page in a new window. Then, after logging in to the National Diet Library Digital Collections, return to the content browsing page and reload it to view digitized images of the material of interest.

2. Search for materials via the National Diet Library Digital Collections

You can access the login page to the National Diet Library Digital Collections from Spotlight on the top page. Login to the National Diet Library Digital Collections and search for material of interest.

3. How to identify material that is available via the Service

Materials that are available via the Service will display "Available only at the NDL and its partner libraries or to official registered users in Japan" in either the search results list or the Access Restrictions section of the content browsing page of the National Diet Library Digital Collections.

Search results list

Here is an example of search results displayed via the National Diet Library Digital Collections. The title of the material in the search result list shows "Available only at the NDL and its partner libraries or to official registered users in Japan" displayed on the right.

Content browsing page

The Access Restrictions section at the bottom of the bibliographic information column on the left side of the content browsing page shows 国立国会図書館/図書館・個人送信限定 ("Available only at the NDL and its partner libraries or to official registered users in Japan." written in Japanese).

4. Photoduplication

Materials with an Access Restrictions section that shows "Available only at the NDL and its partner libraries or to official registered users in Japan" cannot be downloaded or printed. To obtain copies, please use the NDL's Remote Photoduplication service.
You might be able to print copies of these materials at partner libraries of the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries. Please check the list of partner libraries for availability.

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Related laws, regulations, and documents

The Service is provided under provisions stipulated in Paragraph 4, Article 31, of the Copyright Law of Japan.
In addition, this service is operated under the terms of the Agreement on Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals by the National Diet Library (PDF: 251KB) (in Japanese) as compiled by the Stakeholder Council for Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals, which comprises organizations of copyright holders, publishers and other interested parties, and experts.

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Frequently asked questions

Your question may have been asked before. Please check the following page.

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Contact information

For inquiry about the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals, please send it via the Contact Us page.

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