Seven initiatives for connecting information resources and intellectual activities
Spurred on by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, advances in information technology are transforming both our social activities and how we communicate with others online. Put plainly, our society is experiencing an ever-accelerating digital shift. In recognition of this, the National Diet Library is now planning seven initiatives that are intended to better connect over the next five years information resources with intellectual activities under the moniker The Digital Shift at the National Diet Library. These initiatives will be part of two ongoing projects: the first, to achieve universal access to information by making a wide range of information resources available to all users; the second, to support the development of a permanent national digital information infrastructure.
1 Enhancing services that support the National Diet
2 Increasing the volume of materials available via the Internet
3 Facilitating access to materials for those with print disabilities
4 Providing access to information in support of individual study
5 Accelerating digitization of materials
6 Collecting and preserving digital materials
7 Promoting the utilization of digital archives
Basic Roles of the National Diet Library
In carrying out the mission prescribed for it in the preamble of the National Diet Library Law, the National Diet Library undertakes its core duty of collecting all materials and information published in Japan under the legal deposit system as well as providing services that support the activities not just of the National Diet itself but of agencies in the executive and judicial branches of government as well as of the Japanese public. In addition to these basic roles, we also now undertake the seven initiatives described above as we promote The Digital Shift at the National Diet Library.
Supporting the National Diet
The NDL provides reliable research and analysis on national policy issues as well as other prompt and accurate information services that support the activities of the National Diet. Additionally, we make information about the National Diet available to the general public via the Internet, thereby helping to connect the Diet with the people it represents.
Diet Database 7.72million searches per year
and analysis 36,000
cases per year
Providing access to information resources
We provide access via the Internet as well as at local libraries through remote services for searching, browsing, photocopying, and acquiring information. We also provide browsing, photocopying, and reference services for patrons at our facilities.
persons per year
pageviews per year
Tie-ins with other institutions
We provide useful access to knowledge and culture for all people through our tie-ins with a wide variety of affiliated institutions, both in Japan and abroad.
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Acquiring, cataloging, and preserving materials and information
We acquire, catalog, and preserve as well as digitize materials from Japan and abroad.
Statistics about non-digital materials
new materials acquired each year
materials repaired each year
new materials acquired each year
records in our Japanese periodicals index
Statistics about digital materials
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online publications collected
Three facilities of the NDL
The Tokyo Main Library
4.5 million in the Main Building
7.5 million in the Annex
|Reading space:||1,533 seats in 18,983 m² of floor space|
6 million in the Main Building
5 million in the Stack Building
|Reading space:||358 seats in 4,265 m² of floor space|
The International Library of Children's Literature
400,000 in the Brick Building
650,000 in the Arch Building
|Reading space:||162 seats in 2,054 m² of floor space|
*Statistics for FY 2019