Resumption of onsite services at the ILCL

Information on suspension of library services or changes in library hours will be announced on the ILCL website.

Last update: April 14, 2022

We are taking preventative measures against COVID-19 as follows:

Restricted admission by numbered tickets

Numbered tickets will be distributed in 30-minute blocks on Saturdays, Sundays and Children's Day on May 5 only during the following hours:

  • 11:00-17:00

We will stop distributing numbered tickets when the number of visitors reaches capacity for each time slot.
You can enter the ILCL freely, except during the above hours. The ILCL is closed on Mondays and holidays (except Children's Day on May 5).

*Please come to the entrance within the time slot printed on the ticket. Time slots indicate when you can enter the library; you do not have to leave at the end of your time slot.
*You cannot choose your time slot.
*One ticket per person will be required to enter.
*It is necessary for you to receive another ticket if you want to enter the library again after leaving.

Admission to each room will be restricted as necessary when crowded.

You may have to wait even after entering the library. It could be crowded, especially during afternoons on the weekend; it is recommended to visit the library in the morning, as it is relatively less crowded. The number of seats in each room will be reduced in order to keep physical distance between users.

We will ask you to write down your name and contact information at the entrance.

Your information will be used to contact you if necessary in the event that a visitor is confirmed to have COVID-19. We will retain your contact information for a month, and delete it properly when this period expires.

*Based on Article 15 of the Act on the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Medical Care for Patients with Infectious Diseases (the Infectious Diseases Control Law), we may provide public health agencies with your contact information if necessary to cooperate with the active epidemiological investigations.
*If you want to use the Researchers' Reading Room, but do not have a registered-user card, please also write down your name and contact information as part of the entry procedure for the room.

When you enter the library, your body temperature will be checked with a thermographic sensor.

Visitors with a fever will not be allowed to enter. Please refrain from visiting the ILCL if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, or feel fatigued.

Alcohol hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of the library and in each room.

Please be sure to wash your hands and use sanitizer to prevent the spread of infection.

Please wear a mask when you visit the ILCL and adhere to cough etiquette.

Please limit your time at the library and stay only as long as necessary by confirming in advance whether the materials are held in the library.

You can check out the library's holdings on NDL Online. If you won't use the library's holdings nor databases contracted by the NDL, please refrain from visiting us.

Our staff will wear masks.

Anti-infection protective film is installed at each counter. Please be sure that an adequate physical distance will be kept when staff provide directions to users.

Terminals in the library will be cleaned regularly.

Registered-users can apply for the materials held in the stacks and confirm the arrival with their own PC or smart phones after entering the library.

Other notices

  • Please refrain from visiting the ILCL if in the past two weeks you have visited a country or region where measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are in place.
  • In the event that a visitor is confirmed to have COVID-19, the NDL may provide public health agencies with the contact information of other visitors if necessary. If you are a registered-user, please be sure that your registered contact information (email address and phone number) is up to date.
  • Ventilation systems will be operating constantly in the library.
  • For the time being, hand driers in the lavatory are not available.
  • Some regular events will remain postponed.

You can use our online services without visiting the library (please refer to "What services are available online?").

Contact us

International Library of Children's Literature, National Diet Library
Tel: +81-3-3827-2053