Services of the ILCL

Titles with asterisk (*) link to Japanese page.

On-Site Services

  • Reading-room services
    On-site reading, copying, and reference services for children's books and related materials are available.
  • Services for children
    A reading room which centers on enduringly popular children's books and a reading room useful for teens' research. Events such as story hour for children are also held.
  • Exhibitions, lectures, and other events
    Exhibitions and lectures, and various events on children's literature are held.
  • Tours
    Library tours are available to provide clearer understanding of the ILCL.

Remote Services

Users can receive the following services at home or via public libraries near them, without visiting the ILCL.

  • Reference service
    Inquiries regarding children's books and related materials can be made through the online Reference Request Form.
  • Remote copying service
    Copies can be requested via the NDL Online or by post, and can be received by post.
  • Interlibrary loan service
    Users can access materials from the ILCL collections at public libraries near them (limited use).

Digital Library Services

The ILCL's various digital resources and information are available via the ILCL website.

NDL Online
Materials in the ILCL can be located using this system which enables searches and requests for materials held by the National Diet Library.
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.
RESEARCH NAVI (mainly in Japanese)
This system navigates users 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 of combined with commentary.