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International Loan Service

International Photoduplication Service

International Reference Service
Copying Service

Scope of copying service

The NDL provides copying services within the limits of the "Copyright Law" and "The National Diet Library Rules Concerning the Use of Library Materials" so as not to infringe the rights of the copyright holders. In principle, the following conditions must be satisfied for copying:

  • You can only have the materials held by the NDL copied for the purpose of study or research.
  • Only one copy of a portion of the material (in principle, up to half of the copyrighted work) by only one copying method.

Even if a publication is out of print or out of supply, copying over half of the copyrighted material requires the written consent of the copyright holder as long as the copyright is valid. However, an article in a back number of a periodical can be copied in its entirety.

Overseas Request for copying


If a) you have verified that the material in question is in the NDL holdings and b) you know the specific pages to be copied, you are welcome to request copies from the NDL by either of the following methods:

Request via the Internet

If you apply for our user registration system, you will be able to send your applications for photocopies via the Internet.

* With the user ID number and the password given to the registered users, you can access to the retrieval screens and then to the application screens in the Japanese version of the NDL-OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

Request by mail

Request via community library

You may request copies via a nearby public library or a university library you belong to, provided that your library offers international interlibrary service. Please ask your community library.

Request from an individual

If community libraries are not easily accessible, you may make a request directly to the NDL using the designated request form.

* To get the request form (PDF), you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download). Click here to download. (Adobe Website)

The mailing address is:

ILL-Section, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
8-1-3 Seikadai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture 619-0287 JAPAN
fax: +81-774-94-9112 / e-mail: ill-sec@ndl.go.jp
* Please find out the NDL call number for your requested item from the English version of the NDL-OPAC (online catalog) or another source.
* The English version of the NDL-OPAC has no application screens.

Sending of Copies and Payment

Copies are sent to you by mail with an invoice. In addition to the copying fee, postage and packaging fee will be charged. For copying fees, refer to the "Photocopy fee Chart".
You can pay by International Postal Money Order, Banker's Transfer, Bank Draft or Credit Card (in Japanese yen). Bank transaction charges will also be charged for Banker's Transfer and Bank Draft. Credit Card is acceptable for paying more than 1,000 yen.
* The NDL does not send copies by fax.


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