70th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit "A Treasure Box of Books - The 70-year History of the National Diet Library and Its Collections"


The National Diet Library celebrated the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 2018. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your past support and cooperation.

The collection of the library inherited those of the prewar diet library and the Imperial Library, and currently consists of approximately 43 million items. These items consist of a core of a wide range of domestic publications collected through the legal deposit system, along with a variety of other historically and culturally valuable domestic and foreign materials which were acquired through purchase, donations, and exchanges with overseas libraries and other institutions, as well as various other means. The National Diet Library maintains and provides these works for use as cultural assets and intellectual resources collectively owned by the people of Japan.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary, "A Treasure Box of Books - The 70-year History of the National Diet Library and Its Collections" exhibition was held from October to December 2018. It consisted of Part 1, which introduced the history of the National Diet Library, and Part 2, which introduced a variety of material through diverse viewpoints. The exhibition featured approximately 180 items from the library's collections. The majority of these items have been included in this digital exhibition.

We would be happy if you develop a better understanding of the library's history, materials, and future initiatives while you enjoy the exhibition.

About this exhibition

This digital exhibition was created based on the exhibition held from October 18, 2018 to November 24, 2018 at the Tokyo Main Library and from November 30, 2018 to December 22, 2018 at the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library.

Overview: 70th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition "A Treasure Box of Books - The 70-year History of the National Diet Library and Its Collections"


Explanations were created by National Diet Library employees.
National Diet Library call numbers are indicated inside brackets [ ].


Posted images with "Digital Collection" link to relevant images or bibliographies in the National Diet Library Digital Collection. Images with "Enlarge Image" link to larger versions of the image on the website. Note that some materials have images without the aforementioned links or do not include images.

Reproduction of content

If you wish to reproduce any item or any portion of any item (image, document, article, data, etc.) in this exhibition, please complete the reproduction request form and send to us in advance.
Please note that in some cases, you cannot use an image that belongs to another institution or posted with the permission of the copyright-holder.

For more details, please see Terms of Use of the National Diet Library Digital Exhibitions on the NDL website