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About ILCL (General information)

About ILCL (History, Building)

Services of the ILCL

Exhibitions and Events

About ILCL (General information)

What is the role of ILCL?
The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) is a national library dedicated to children’s books, which provides internationally linked library services for children’s literature published in Japan and abroad. For details, please see the following page.
What kind of book does the ILCL hold?
The ILCL collects a wide range of Japanese and foreign children's books and related materials. The ILCL also holds special materials and collections.
For details, please see the following pages.
Is it true that the ILCL holds all children's books published in Japan?
The NDL Law stipulates that copies of all new publications in Japan must be sent to the NDL under the Legal Deposit System. The ILCL has children's books and related materials of the publications collected by the NDL. However, some publications take a long time to be deposited and so some have not yet been sent to the NDL.
For further information, please see the following page.
How many books does the ILCL hold?
Please see the following page.
Is the ILCL a library only for children? Can adults use the ILCL?
The ILCL is a library dedicated to children's books. Children, adults, everyone can use the ILCL.

About ILCL (History , Building)

When was the ILCL founded?
The ILCL was founded as a branch of the National Diet Library in January 2000. It opened partially the following May and started full services in May 2002. For details, please see the following page.
How old is the building of the ILCL?
The original Imperial Library building dates from1906 and was enlarged in 1929. The building (Brick Building) was remodeled in FY1997–FY2001 for use as the ILCL. The Arch Building was built in 2015. For further information, please go the following page.

Services of the ILCL

What are the opening hours?
Please see the following page.
Where is the ILCL located?
The ILCL is located in Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo. For details, please see the following page.
Can anybody use the ILCL?
Anybody can use the ILCL.
Do you charge for using the ILCL?
Admission, reading materials, registration, etc. are all free of charge, but you need to pay for the actual costs of copying.
Do I have to follow any procedures to use the ILCL?
You do not follow any procedures to use "Children's Library", "Meet the World", "Museum", etc. To use the Researchers' Reading Room and materials in the stacks, you have to make a user card.
Can I read materials held by the ILCL in foreign countries?
We offer an International Loan Service. For more details, please see the following page.
International Loan Service (National Diet Libubary)
Can I request copies of materials held by the ILCL from overseas?
You can use our international photoduplication service. For more details, please see the following page.
What services are available online?
The ILCL's various digital resources and information are available via the ILCL website.
NDL Search
Provides services that enable integrated search of bibliographic data and digital archives of prefectural libraries, archives, museums, institutes of academic research and NDL. Still in beta version.
NDL-OPAC
Using NDL-OPAC (National Diet Library Online Public Access Catalog), you can search NDL holdings including the Asian language materials and the Japanese Periodicals Index. (Please note that the English version of NDL-OPAC provides only search functions; remote-service request functions are available only in the Japanese version.)
RESEARCH NAVI(mainly in Japanese)
This system navigates you to information on children's books, children's reading, and related subjects.
NDL Digital Collections
This site enables a user to search and view a variety of resources, collected and stored by the NDL.
Online Gallery
Each exhibition is organized thematically, using digital images combined with commentary.

Exhibitions and Events

What exhibitions and events are scheduled in the future?
Please see "Exhibitions and Events"